Limit search to available items
Book Cover
Author Bowden, Charles, 1945-2014, author.

Title Sonata / Charles Bowden ; foreword by Charles Corchado
Edition First edition
Published Austin : University of Texas Press, 2020
Online access available from:
ProQuest Ebook Central    View Resource Record  
JSTOR eBooks    View Resource Record  


Description 1 online resource
Summary "'I believe every sunrise and I remember the smell of wet grass, the color of robins, and rustle of leaves on the big oaks that outlive nations, all this comes with each sunrise.' Sonata marks the sixth and final installment of Charles Bowden's towering 'Unnatural History of America' series. While his earlier volumes were suffused with violence and war, Bowden offers here a celebration of rebirth and regrowth. Rendered in Bowden's inimitable style, more prose poetry than reportage, he evokes panoramas that contain the potential for respite and offer a state of grace all but lost in the endless wars of man. Bowden travels back in time to the worlds of artists Francisco Goya and Vincent van Gogh, the latter painting furiously against encroaching madness. 'Van Gogh tries to dream a life of color,' writes Bowden. 'Powder blue sheds, yellow stubble, pink skies--but the fears and dark things drag him down.' As Bowden's vivid prose wrestles with the madness of the world, van Gogh's paintings represent an act of resistance, ultimately unsuccessful, against depression and suicide. Moving from the vibrant hues of van Gogh's painted gardens to America's southern border, Bowden returns once more to the Mexican asylum run by 'El Pastor,' Jose Antonio Galvan, who was first introduced to readers of the sextet in Jericho. Here, too, is the dream of a garden that will be planted in the desert, a promise of regeneration in a world gone mad. Poetic, elegiac, and elliptical, Sonata is the final, captivating book of Bowden's monumental career"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Description based on print version record and CIP data provided by publisher; resource not viewed
Subject Bowden, Charles, 1945-2014 -- Homes and haunts
Bowden, Charles, 1945-2014
Border crossing -- Social aspects -- Mexican-American Border Region
Drug control -- Social aspects -- Mexican-American Border Region
Immigrants -- Mexican-American Border Region -- Social conditions
Nature and civilization -- Mexican-American Border Region
Nature, Healing power of.
Drug control -- Social aspects
Immigrants -- Social conditions
Nature and civilization
Nature, Healing power of
Social conditions
Mexican-American Border Region -- Social conditions
North America -- Mexican-American Border Region
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Creative nonfiction
Creative nonfiction.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2020018411
ISBN 1477322248