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NMSU Spanish professor completes trilogy

Writer Ricardo Aguilar-Melantzon, a New Mexico State University Spanish professor, has published the final part of his trilogy about life on the United States-Mexico border.

"A Barlovento," which will be presented at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 6, in NMSU's Breland Hall, Room 173B, was published by the Universidad Iberoamericana-Laguna and Nimbus Ediciones in Mexico.

"I wrote A Barlovento' to find answers to questions about the meaning of border life, death and love," Aguilar said. "It's about what El Paso and Juarez have become over the last 35-40 years."

Aguilar grew up in El Paso and Juarez. "A Barlovento" was started in 1985. It is an introspective personal essay about travel across the border, love and death. It contains writings from many periods and circumstances from the past 14 years of Aguilar's life.

Part one of the trilogy, "Madreselvas en Flor," was translated into English and published in NMSU's national literary magazine Puerto Del Sol in 1994. It won Mexico's Jose Fuentes Mares national literature award in 1988. Since then, Aguilar completed part two, "Aurelia," in 1990 and "A Barlovento" in 1999.

"Madreselvas en Flor" and "Aurelia" are available for purchase via the Internet at http://www.coacade/uv.mx/index.html. "A Barlovento" will be available at NMSU's bookstore for $13. For more information call (505) 646-3408.
Karyn Lujan
May 3, 1999