Rolando Hinojosa-Smith (3049 words)

Like William Faulkner, Nobel Prize winner Colombian Gabriel García Márquez or best-selling author Stephen King, Rolando Hinojosa has created a geographical space of his own for his characters to people, free from the constraints that an already existing, real place could force upon his narrative universe. This space is a fictional county located in South Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley, Belken County, its capital city being Klail City. As the series of his novels (Klail City Death Trip Series) grows, Belken County has progressively become a more complex geographical entity, acquiring an existence of its own. Belken County, in the mind of Hinojosa as well as in the minds of his readers, has become more real with the release of …

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Gomez-Galisteo, M. Carmen. "Rolando Hinojosa-Smith". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 October 2007
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