Bless Me, Ultima
The Multicultural Novel -- Magical Realism
* A novel by Rudolfo Anaya in which his young protagonist, Antonio Márez y Luna tells the story of his coming-of-age with the guidance of his curandera, mentor, and protector, Ultima.
* It has become the most widely read and critically acclaimed novel in the Chicano literary canon since its first publication in 1972.
* The novel reflects Chicano culture of the 1940s in rural New Mexico.
* Anaya’s use of Spanish, mystical depiction of the New Mexican landscape, use of cultural motifs such as La Llorona, and recounting of curandera folkways such as the gathering of medicinal herbs, gives readers a sense of the influence of indigenous cultural ways that are both authentic and distinct from the mainstream.