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     San Juan: Memoir of a City conducts readers through Puerto Rico's capital, guided by one of its most graceful and reflective writers, Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá. No mere sightseeing tour, this is culture through immersion, a circuit of San Juan's historical and intellectual vistas as well as its architecture.      

     In the allusive cityscape he recreates, Rodríguez Juliá invokes the ghosts of his childhood, of San Juan's elder literati, and of characters from his own novels. On the most tangible level, the city is a place of cabarets and cockfighting clubs, flâneurs and beach bums, smoke-filled bars and honking automobiles. Poised between a colonial past and a commercial future, the San Juan he portrays feels at times perilously close to the pitfalls of modernization. Tenement houses and fading mansions yield to strip malls and Tastee Freezes; asphalt hems in jacarandas and palm trees. "In Puerto Rico," he muses, "life is not simply cruel, it is also busy erasing our tracks." Through this book—available here in English for the first time—Rodríguez Juliá resists that erasure, thoughtfully etching a palimpsest that preserves images of the city where he grew up and rejoicing in the one where he still lives.

About the Author

Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Puerto Rico. Among his many books are La renuncia del héroe Baltasar (1974, translated into English in 1997 as The Renunciation), El entierro de Cortijo (1983, published in a bilingual edition in 2004 as Cortijo’s Wake), La noche oscura del Niño Avilés (1984), and Sol de medianoche (1999).

Peter Grandbois is assistant professor of English at California State University, Sacramento.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780299203740
Author:
Rodriguez Julia, Edgardo
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Foreword by:
Skarmeta, Antonio
Foreword:
Skarmeta, Antonio
Editor:
Grandbois, Peter
Author:
Skarmeta, Antonio
Author:
Julia, Edgardo Rodriguez
Author:
Grandbois, Peter
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
In literature
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Homes and haunts
Subject:
San Juan (P.R.) Description and travel.
Subject:
Rodriguez Julia, Edgardo - Homes and haunts -
Subject:
Travel-Caribbean
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Americas
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 maps
Pages:
188
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.4 in

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