Delving into such pastimes as kidnapping, prostitution, drug dealing, robbery, rape and murder, Bordertown is stunning story which combines Gifford’s fictional vignettes with real-life visual accounts of the many lost and desperate characters who haunt the towns along the U.S.-Mexico border. These tales document the dispossessed Mexicans who must either hustle on the streets or cross the border to escape being beaten down by poverty, violence, and exploitation. Gifford and Perry paired up for a road trip along the border, and the result is collage of their personal encounters with taxi drivers, eager prostitutes, drug dealers and murderers. Though lurid throughout, many of the stark, documentary-style black-and-white images exude a haunting, poetic beauty, and the text clearly reveals Gifford’s fascination with individuals who are both desperate and damned. For readers who share Gifford’s passion for lives lived on the edge, Bordertown is a must. –Bikini
Barry gives an overview of the book:
Barry Gifford’s novels have been translated into twenty-eight languages. His book Night People was awarded the Premio Brancati in Italy, and he has been the recipient of awards from PEN, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Library Association, the...