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Advanced Book Seminar - "Señales que precederán al fin del mundo"

Course Description:  In this advanced book seminar, we will read and discuss the novel “Señales que precederán al fin del mundo” written by one of the most promising contemporary Mexican writers, Yuri Herrera (Actopan, 1970). In only slightly more than 100 pages, Herrera is able to construct a profound story, surprising readers by how much meaning it conveys despite its brevity and simplicity.

Señales que precederán al fin del mundo is the story of the journey of Makina, a young woman on a quest to find her brother, who immigrated to the United States, and give him a message she promised her mother she’d deliver.

“Su madre la Cora la había llamado y le había dicho Vaya, lleve este papel a su hermano, no me gusta mandarla, muchacha, pero a quién se lo voy a confiar ¿a un hombre? Luego la abrazó, y la tuvo ahí, en su regazo, sin dramatismo ni lágrimas.” —Yuri Herrera, Señales que precederán al fin del mundo

This will become the beginning of a revelatory and mysterious journey between two worlds separated by an infamous border. Through Makina’s eyes we’ll gain a new understanding of crossing, not precisely the physical territorial division between two countries but the crossing of identities, cultures, and it may seem at times, the crossing between the world of the living and of the dead. All narrated in Herrera’s beautiful, precise prose infused with the slang used by the people on both sides of the border.

Designed for students with advanced reading and speaking ability, this course will give you the opportunity to continue polishing your comprehension and conversational skills while we embark on this literary adventure that will deepen our insight of this barren and unwelcoming region where south and north converge and which side of the border you come from shapes your path and destiny.

Where to get the book:  

Amazon link

Barnes & Noble link

Best suited for: Students with advanced conversational and reading skills

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