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Aura Xilonen

Aura Xilonen

Aura Xilonen is a novelist and filmmaker. She won the 2015 Mauricio Achar Prize for her first novel, The Gringo Champion.

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Latest reviews

  • “In writing The Gringo Champion, Xilonen essentially created a new language (‘ingeñol’ as some reviewers have named it) that represents the imbricated border culture, and when faced with the task of translating, requested that her translators do the same.”
    — The Rumpus, May 19 2017
  • “The Gringo Champion is quite an accomplishment, particularly for a debut novel.”
    — Jezbel, Mar 10 2017
  • [An] exuberant novel...”
    — The Dallas Morning News, Mar 2 2017
  • “Punches, profanity and streams of offbeat argot fly from the first page of this idiosyncratic debut novel about a Mexican immigrant living on the edge of survival in an unnamed American city.”
    — New York Times Book Review, Feb 19 2017
  • "In its verbal richness, its humanity, its loving empathy, and its unapologetic depiction of the everyday violence to which migrants are subject, The Gringo Champion is probably one of the most significant novels in translation published in the United States in recent years."
    — Los Angeles Review of Books, Feb 15 2017
  • "A migration story for the current moment, large, intense, honest, and somehow still hopeful."
    — Words Without Borders, Jan 24 2017
  • “The Gringo Champion is a compelling and big-hearted story about the struggles of immigrants, undocumented workers, and anyone who has been forced to find home elsewhere.”
    — Bustle, Jan 23 2017
  • "The book is a brutal, blisteringly beautiful account of life on two sides of the border."
    — i-D (Vice), Jan 20 2017
  • "From the very first page of this fantastic, even spectacular debut, Xilonen flings the reader into the maelstrom of her protagonist’s relentless stream of consciousness."
    — Booklist (Starred Review), Jan 5 2017


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