Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Creative Writing

First Advisor

Dr. Rob Johnson

Second Advisor

Dr. Genaro Gonzalez

Third Advisor

Dr. Glenn Martinez


Mariguano is a fictional account of a young man growing up in a family in whose patriarch is a Mexican drug lord. The narrator, el Johnny, and his father, Don Julio, crisscross through Mexico with total disregard for distance or time bribing comandantes and stopping turf wars all in preparation for their next score. The novel culminates in Don Julio’s attempt to fix the 1988 Presidential election in Mexico. Don Julio’s son, El Johnny, lives to tell the tale of the rise and fall of his father’s drug smuggling empire and of the destruction of his family. The events in the novel dramatize the origins of the current drug war in Mexico and help explain the escalation of violence on the border.


Copyright 2012 Juan Ochoa. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American