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Refranes: Southwestern Spanish Proverbs

Rubén Cobos

The truly popular proverb in Spanish is the refrán. It makes no attempt to teach any sort of lesson. If a lesson results, it is purely coincidental. This book includes proverbs of the Spanish-speaking people of New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Colorado, and California in their original Spanish versions and with English translations.


Rubén Cobos was born in Coahuila, Mexico, and raised in San Antonio, Texas, and Albuquerque, New Mexico. He received his doctorate from New Mexico Highlands University and taught at the University of New Mexico for more than thirty years. He has also held teaching positions at Stanford University and University of Nevada in Reno.

Published By Museum of New Mexico Press

5.375 x 8.25 in. 192 pages