Cortijo's Wake / El entierro de Cortijo

Cortijo's Wake / El entierro de Cortijo

by Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá, Rodriguez Julia
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822332035

ISBN-13: 9780822332039

Pub. Date: 12/30/2003

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

A bilingual edition of a renowned work of Puerto Rican literature, Cortijo's Wake/El entierro de Cortijo is novelist Edgardo Rodriguez Julia's vivid description of the funeral of legendary Puerto Rican musician Rafael Cortijo (1928-1982). El entierro de Cortijo became an immediate bestseller following its original publication in Puerto Rico in 1983. An unparalleled…  See more details below

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A bilingual edition of a renowned work of Puerto Rican literature, Cortijo's Wake/El entierro de Cortijo is novelist Edgardo Rodriguez Julia's vivid description of the funeral of legendary Puerto Rican musician Rafael Cortijo (1928-1982). El entierro de Cortijo became an immediate bestseller following its original publication in Puerto Rico in 1983. An unparalleled Afro-Puerto Rican percussionist and bandleader, Cortijo revolutionized the country's musical culture. His band, Cortijo y Su Combo, captivated Caribbean and Latin American audiences as it emerged in the mid-1950s. Immensely popular across Puerto Rican social classes, the band both "modernized" the traditional vernacular forms of bomba and plena and forcefully re-established their African and working class roots. The group's innovations have been integral to salsa since the 1960s. Winding through the streets of working-class San Juan with Cortijo's funeral procession, Rodriguez Julia provides a rare portrait of the impoverished society from which Cortijo's music emerged. Rodriguez Julia's masterly shifting of linguistic registers, his broad knowledge of popular music, and his sardonic ruminations on death and immortality make this one of the most widely read books of modern Puerto Rican literature.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822332039
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
12/30/2003
Edition description:
English/Spanish
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
A Note on the Artist Rafael Ferrerviii
Introduction1
Cortijo's Wake15
El entierro de Cortijo83

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