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The Naked Rainbow and Other Stories: El arco iris desnudo y otros cuentos

Nasario García

Author, poet, linguist, and oral historian Nasario García turns to his childhood home, the Río Puerco Valley southeast of Chaco Canyon in northern New Mexico, for the setting of this collection of fictional short stories. These tales are based on García's personal experiences or stories he heard about people or events while growing up in his valley. They illustrate the vibrant culture of rural northern New Mexico and its inhabitants with a cast of common characters, above all women, whose compassion, willfulness, humor, observation, and spirit reflect the rich heritage of the environment that inspired their creation.

Some of García's characters proclaim their own goodness and live on to enjoy that righteousness; others fall victim to the shortcomings of human nature. Regardless, laughter, empathy, and introspection are the common threads that connect these wonderful stories to one another.

García originally wrote these tales in his native tongue, Spanish, and later translated them into English. Both versions appear here with a bilingual glossary that places regional terms and local idioms side-by-side for those unfamiliar with northern New Mexico Spanish.

2009 Southwest Book of the Year, Tucson-Pima County Public Library


Master folklorist and native New Mexican Nasario García has published numerous books dealing with Hispanic folklore and the oral history of northern New Mexico and for three decades has dedicated his time to the preservation of Hispanic culture and language of the region whose primary roots rest in Spain and Mexico. He currently lives in Santa Fe.


"Skillfully knitting his imagination with the oral and folktale tradition of his native Río Puerco Valley, García develops memorable characters that mirror the hinterland of northern New Mexico."


Southwestern American Literature

"The gold in this volume is Nasario's idiomatic writing in village Spanish, which he wrote first, and his own translations into English."


Taos Horse-Fly

"For those who long to know more about the fables and distinctive residents of folklore-steeped northern New Mexico, El arco iris desnudo y Otros Cuentos is a terrific place to start."


New Mexico Magazine

"...(a) charming collection..."


Albuquerque Journal

( The Naked Rainbow and Other Stories) is a fascinating and valuable book to be enjoyed by everyone interested in folktales and Hispanic literature. It is also a fine resource text for Chicano cultural studies and belongs in the collection of public and academic libraries."


Multicultural Review

"( The Naked Rainbow and Other Stories) is an enjoyable and important addition to the literature and study of New Mexico's native Spanish language."


La Herencia

5.5 x 8 in. 256 pages