Mexican novelist to present work at UTPA
Contact: Scott Maier, Senior Editor 381-3639
Posted: 02/07/2000
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EDINBURG - Mexican novelist David Toscana will present Tula Station on Feb. 16 at The University of Texas-Pan American.

The presentation will be from noon to 1 p.m. in the Schilling Room on the 2nd floor of the University Library and is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the UTPA Department of Modern Languages and Literature, the Center for International Studies and the Department of English.

Born in Monterrey in 1961, Toscana has written several Spanish novels. Tula Station is his English debut, having first been published in Mexico in 1995. Translated by Patricia Duncan, Tula Station chronicles a wife's search for her husband, who is declared missing when his car is found by a riverbed after a hurricane. Uncovered papers indicate he is not dead but instead has taken advantage of the storm to run away with his lover.

The wife then asks a friend to sift through the papers and make sense of her husband's disappearance. Toscana appears in the text several times as a character, as do his editorial footnotes.

The story is set in the mountain town of Tula, a bustling city in an earlier era that has been bypassed by the railways and time. For more information, contact the University Library at 956/381-2755.