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Benjamin Alire Sáenz - Everything ​Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club
Winner ​of the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction! Benjamin Alire Sáenz's stories reveal how all borders—real, imagined, sexual, human, the line between dark and light, addict and straight—entangle those who live on either side. Take, for instance, the Kentucky Club on Avenida Juárez two blocks south of the Rio Grande. It's a touchstone for each of Sáenz's stories. His characters walk by, they might go in for a drink or to score, or they might just stay there for a while and let their story be told. Sáenz knows that the Kentucky Club, like special watering holes in all cities, is the contrary to borders. It welcomes Spanish and English, Mexicans and gringos, poor and rich, gay and straight, drug addicts and drunks, laughter and sadness, and even despair. It's a place of rich history and good drinks and cold beer and a long polished mahogany bar. Some days it smells like piss. "I'm going home to the other side." That's a strange statement, but you hear it all the time at the Kentucky Club. Benjamin Alire Sáenz is a highly regarded writer of fiction, poetry, and children's literature. Like these stories, his writing crosses borders and lands in our collective psyche. Poets & Writers Magazine named him one of the fifty most inspiring writers in the world. He's been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and PEN Center's prestigious award for young adult fiction. Sáenz is the chair of the creative writing department of University of Texas at El Paso. Awards: PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Lambda Literary Award Southwest Book Award

Benjamin Alire Sáenz - Die ​unerklärliche Logik meines Lebens
Sam ​war verdammt klug. Und sie wusste einfach Bescheid. Über alle möglichen Dinge. Sie fühlte die Dinge auch. O Mann, konnte Sam Dinge fühlen. Manchmal dachte ich, sie würde alles gleich für uns beide erledigen – das ganze Denken, das ganze Fühlen, das ganze Leben. Sam wusste, wer Sam war. Ich dagegen? Ich glaube, ich war mir nicht immer so sicher. Sich gegenseitig auffangen – das haben Sal und seine beste Freundin Samantha bisher immer geschafft. Doch gelingt das auch im größten Chaos, wenn alles droht, auseinanderzubrechen? Das letzte Schuljahr stellt die Freundschaft der beiden auf eine harte Probe. Sam gerät an einen wirklich miesen Typen, während Sal verzweifelt versucht, nicht zu einem zu werden. Er hat das Gefühl, all das nicht zu sein, was Sam an ihm mag – und doch scheint ihre Freundschaft bedingungslos.

Benjamin Alire Sáenz - Alles ​beginnt und endet im Kentucky Club
»Es ​könnte jederzeit passieren. Der Finger reckt sich, legt sich um den Abzug, und eine Kugel schwirrt durch die Luft. So läuft es mit der Erinnerung.« El Paso, Texas – Juárez, Mexiko. Hier spielen die sieben meisterhaft erzählten Geschichten, in denen es darum geht, wie es ist, in einer Stadt zu leben, die geteilt ist in zwei, in zwei gegensätzliche Welten, die trotz allem verbunden sind durch das Schicksal ihrer Bewohner. Benjamin Alire Sáenz atemberaubendes Spiel mit Grenzen – zwischen Licht und Dunkelheit, Nüchternheit und Sucht, Hass und Liebe, Weisheit und Naivität – mit sexuellen, sinnlichen, geographischen Grenzen sind Thema seiner berührenden und trotzdem nie sentimentalen Geschichten. Und alle sind verbunden mit dem berühmten Kentucky-Club in Juarez, zwei Blocks südlich des Rio Grande, und Sáenz lädt uns ein, an der alten Mahagoni-Bar sitzend, ein kühles Bier oder eine Margarita zu trinken und seinen berührenden, manchmal witzigen, manchmal melancholischen Erzählungen in diesem bemerkenswerten Buch zu lauschen. Der Kentucky Club ist die älteste Bar in Juarez / El Paso, die berühmt wurde durch Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Steve McQueen und vor allem Marilyn Monroe, die hier ihre Scheidung von Arthur Miller feierte.

Benjamin Alire Sáenz - Last ​Night I Sang to the Monster
Zach ​is eighteen. He is bright and articulate. He's also an alcoholic and in rehab instead of high school, but he doesn't remember how he got there. He's not sure he wants to remember. Something bad must have happened. Something really, really bad. Remembering sucks and being alive - well, what's up with that? I have it in my head that when we're born, God writes things down on our hearts. See, on some people's hearts he writes Happy and on some people's hearts he writes Sad and on some people's hearts he writes Crazy on some people's hearts he writes Genius and on some people's hearts he writes Angry and on some people's hearts he writes Winner and on some people's hearts he writes Loser. It's all like a game to him. Him.God. And it's all pretty much random. He takes out his pen and starts writing on our blank hearts. When it came to my turn, he wrote Sad. I don't like God very much. Apparently he doesn't like me very much either.

Benjamin Alire Sáenz - Carry ​Me Like Water
Beginning ​with Diego, a deaf-mute Mexican-American barely surviving on the border in El Paso, Texas, and progressing to the posh suburbs of San Francisco (where Diego's real sister, "Helen," has long ago abandoned him and her Chicano roots), Carry Me Like Water is an epic and immensely moving story that bluntly confronts divisions of race, gender, and class, fusing cultures and personal stories of people born in different Americas. Helen and Eddie Marsh are living the pampered life of a yuppie couple expecting their first child - except that they've made a pact never to reveal anything about their childhood backgrounds. Everything seems to move along fine in their idyllic rendition of the world until Helen's best friend, Lizzie, a dedicated AIDS nurse, begins to discover her own buried past after an unknown patient (who may or may not be her brother) blesses her on his deathbed with his remarkable telekinetic "gift" for out-of-body travel. Lizzie's newfound power, in addition to her blossoming friendship with Jake and Joaquin - a young gay couple coping with AIDS - serves as a catalyst, bringing to light long-buried secrets and causing the disparate worlds of pain and privilege to collide.

Benjamin Alire Sáenz - He ​Forgot to Say Goodbye
"I ​mean, it's not as if I want a father. I have a father. It's just that I don't know who he is or where he is. But I have one." Ramiro Lopez and Jake Upthegrove don't appear to have much in common. Ram lives in the Mexican-American working-class barrio of El Paso called "Dizzy Land." His brother is sinking into a world of drugs, wreaking havoc in their household. Jake is a rich West Side white boy who has developed a problem managing his anger. An only child, he is a misfit in his mother's shallow and materialistic world. But Ram and Jake do have one thing in common: They are lost boys who have never met their fathers. This sad fact has left both of them undeniably scarred and obsessed with the men who abandoned them. As Jake and Ram overcome their suspicions of each other, they begin to move away from their loner existences and realize that they are capable of reaching out beyond their wounds and the neighborhoods that they grew up in. Their friendship becomes a healing in a world of hurt. San Antonio Express-News wrote, "Benjamin Alire Sáenz exquisitely captures the mood and voice of a community, a culture, and a generation"; that is proven again in this beautifully crafted novel.

Benjamin Alire Sáenz - Életem ​kifürkészhetetlen logikája
A ​gimi utolsó évének első napján… Minden megváltozik. Sal egészen idáig biztosan tudta, hol a helye az őt örökbe fogadó, meleg apukája mellett és a szerető mexikói-amerikai családjukban. De most váratlanul kísérteni kezdi a múltja, és az életét felforgató események következtében a legjobb barátjával, Samanthával együtt kénytelen szembenézni a hit, a veszteség és a fájdalom kapcsán felmerülő kérdésekkel. Sal verekedni kezd, mindent megkérdőjelez, és már nem is tudja, ki ő valójában. De ha nem az, akinek hitte magát, akkor ki ő? Benjamin Alire Sáenz, az Aristotle és Dante a világmindenség titkainak nyomában díjnyertes írója lenyűgöző, sokrétű történetet sző szeretetről, identitásról, elveszített és megtalált családokról.

Benjamin Alire Sáenz - The ​Inexplicable Logic of My Life
From ​the multi-award-winning author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe comes a gorgeous new story about love, identity, and families lost and found. Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican-American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it’s senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and realizing he no longer knows himself. If Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he? This humor-infused, warmly humane look at universal questions of belonging is a triumph.

Benjamin Alire Sáenz - Aristoteles ​und Dante entdecken die Geheimnisse des Universums
Dante ​kann schwimmen. Ari nicht. Dante kann sich ausdrücken und ist selbstsicher. Ari fallen Worte schwer und er leidet an Selbstzweifeln. Dante geht auf in Poesie und Kunst. Ari verliert sich in Gedanken über seinen älteren Bruder, der im Gefängnis sitzt. Mit seiner offenen und einzigartigen Lebensansicht schafft es Dante, die Mauern einzureißen, die Ari um sich herum gebaut hat. Ari und Dante werden Freunde. Sie teilen Bücher, Gedanken, Träume und lachen gemeinsam. Sie beginnen die Welt des jeweils anderen neu zu definieren. Und entdecken, dass das Universum ein großer und komplizierter Ort ist, an dem manchmal auch erhebliche Hindernisse überwunden werden müssen, um glücklich zu werden!

Benjamin Alire Sáenz - Sammy ​and Juliana in Hollywood
The ​“Hollywood” where Sammy Santos and Juliana Ríos live is not the West Coast one, the one with all the glitz and glitter. This Hollywood is a tough barrio at the edge of a small town in southern New Mexico. Sammy and this friends—members of the 1969 high school graduating class—face a world of racism, dress codes, war in Vietnam and barrio violence. In the summer before his senior year begins, Sammy falls in love with Juliana, a girl whose tough veneer disguises a world of hurt. By summer’s end, Juliana is dead. Sammy grieves, and in his grief, the memory of Juliana becomes his guide through this difficult year. Sammy is a smart kid, but he’s angry. He’s angry about Juliana’s death, he’s angry about the poverty his father and his sister must endure, he’s angry at his high school and its thinly disguised gringo racism, and he’s angry he might not be able to go to college. Benjamin Alire Sáenz, evoking the bittersweet ambience found in such novels as McMurtry’s The Last Picture Show, captures the essence of what it meant to grow up Chicano in small-town America in the late 1960s. Benjamin Alire Sáenz—novelist, poet, essayist and writer of children’s books—is at the forefront of the emerging Latino literatures. He has received both the Wallace Stegner Fellowship and the Lannan Fellowship, and is a recipient of the American Book Award. Born Mexican-American Catholic in the rural community of Picacho, New Mexico, he now teaches at the University of Texas at El Paso, and considers himself a “fronterizo,” a person of the border.

Benjamin Alire Sáenz - La ​Logica Inexplicable de Mi Vida
"Durante ​toda mi vida me sentâi seguro de todo. Tengo al mejor papâa que alguien podrâia pedir.Mi familia, de raâices mexicanas, siempre estuvo ahâi. Samantha y Fito, mis mejores amigos,son simplemente eso: los mejores. Al menos para mâi.Pero hay algo que me perturba.Y sâe que todo estâa a punto de cambiar para siempre. Tal vez de eso se trate la vida, de cambiar, crecer, arriesgarnos. Pero necesito encontrarle una lâogica, un sentido, antes de perderme en mâi mismo.ÅQuiâen soy? ÅPor quâe me siento asâi? Espero descubrirlo. Pronto.."--Publisher's descriptio

Benjamin Alire Sáenz - Aristóteles ​y Dante descubren los secretos del universo
Dante ​sabe nadar. Aristóteles, no. Dante es hablador y seguro de sí mismo. Ari duda todo el tiempo y le cuesta entablar una conversación con alguien. Dante no para de pensar en poesía y arte. Ari vuelve constantemente al recuerdo de su hermano que está en prisión. Dante es un sabelotodo que tiene una manera especial de entender el mundo. Ari es introvertido. Dante es más bien blanco. Ari es moreno. Y aunque a simple vista no tienen nada en común, se encuentran, y empiezan a pasar tiempo juntos. Así construyen una amistad entrañable que les permitirá aprender a creer en ellos mismos, a ser más grandes y descubrir los secretos del universo.

Benjamin Alire Sáenz - Aristotle ​and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
A ​lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Saenz. Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship--the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

Benjamin Alire Sáenz - Aristotle ​és Dante a világmindenség titkainak nyomában
Dante ​tud úszni. Ari nem. Dante magabiztos és könnyen szavakba önti érzéseit. Ari nehezen boldogul a beszéddel és kétségektől szenved. Dante belemerül a költészetbe és a művészetekbe. Arit a börtönben lévő bátyjával kapcsolatos gondolatok nyomasztják. Dante világos bőrű. Ari árnyalatai sokkal sötétebbek. Úgy tűnhet, mintha Dante lenne az utolsó ember, aki képes lebontani a falakat, amiket Ari maga köré emelt. Ám mindezek ellenére, mikor ők ketten találkoznak, különleges kötődés alakul ki közöttük. Rávilágít életük legfontosabb igazságaira, és segít rájönniük, milyen emberek akarnak lenni. Azonban útjuk során hatalmas akadályokba ütköznek, és csak akkor tudnak megerősödve túljutni rajtuk, ha képesek hinni egymásban és a barátságuk erejében. „Az identitás és a szexualitás finom, őszinte felfedezése és egy szenvedélyes emlékeztető, hogy a szeretetnek – legyen az családi vagy szerelem – nyíltnak, szabadnak és szégyen nélkülinek kell maradnia.” (Publishers Weekly) „Észre sem vettem, mennyire szerettem ezt a könyvet, amíg vége nem lett. Olyan gyorsan haladtam vele, hogy fel sem tűnt, milyen gyönyörű és milyen jó érzéssel tölt el. Ez abszolút egy új kedvencem. Alig várom, hogy újraolvassam.” (Ariel, goodreads)