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The Stars Above Veracruz
The Stars Above Veracruz Barry Gifford
by Barry Gifford

First Edition. Signed.
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New York, NY: Thunder's Mouth Press (2006)

First Edition. Signed.

Near fine in dust jacket.

As author Barry Gifford was writing these pieces, he gradually came to realize that what he was creating was a geographical fiction, or a geography of fictions.

As Barry explains, "Everybody has a story, no matter where they are in the world, and I conceived the device of The Ropedancer when I was in Veracruz, Mexico, at a hotel much like the Hotel Los Regalos de Dios, where the former funambulist, whom I call The Ropedancer, took up residence following the demise of the Dancing Ciegas, who plunged to their deaths from a high wire."

Many of these stories are tragic, some humorous, but all told by individuals in the confessional mode which is often the posture assumed by persons adrift in a foreign land and who find themselves not uncomfortably in conversation late at night with a stranger.

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