Macho Camacho's Beat

Macho Camacho's Beat

by Luis Rafael Sanchez
     
 

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-- Over the course of a single afternoon, Macho Camacho's hit song 'Life Is A Phenomenal Thing' blares out of every radio in San Juan and connects the lives of Senator Vicente Reinosa, his poor mistress, his neurotic, aristocratic wife and his fascist son. Full of puns, fantastic wordplay, advertising slogans, and pop-culture references, Macho Camacho's Beat is a

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-- Over the course of a single afternoon, Macho Camacho's hit song 'Life Is A Phenomenal Thing' blares out of every radio in San Juan and connects the lives of Senator Vicente Reinosa, his poor mistress, his neurotic, aristocratic wife and his fascist son. Full of puns, fantastic wordplay, advertising slogans, and pop-culture references, Macho Camacho's Beat is a grimly funny satire on the Americanization of Puerto Rico.
-- One of Puerto Rico's outstanding literary figures, Luis Rafael Sanchez is renowned for his plays, short stories, essays and poems, as well as his novels. He currently teaches at the University of Puerto Rico.
-- First published in the U.S. by Random House (1980), most recent paperback by Avon (1982).

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"The text is presented as verbal wordplay replete with advertising slogans, puns, and pop culture references, which the author uses to show the influence a large country (the United States) can have on a small one (Puerto Rico) and how a fad in one can alter the culture of the other."-- Library Journal

Dalkey Archive Press

Library Journal
Originally published in English in 1980, S nchez's comic novel is told in snippets as it follows the lives of several inhabitants of San Juan, Puerto Rico: a crooked senator, his mistress, and his idiot child; the senator's wife; and a son in love with his car. The text is presented as verbal wordplay replete with advertising slogans, puns, and pop culture references, which the author uses to show the influence a large country (the United States) can have on a small one (Puerto Rico) and how a fad in one can alter the culture of the other. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Well-known as a man of letters in his native Puerto Rico, where he recently retired as a professor, Sánchez made a splash as a novelist here in 1980, when his book was translated by the legendary Rabassa, who for this edition provides an introduction explaining the specific challenge of capturing Sánchez's demotic epic, with its song-inspired slanginess. Fortunately, Sánchez's Joycean tale of a day in the life of contemporary San Juan owes much of its spirit to American popular culture. When it was first published, Kirkus admired the way Sánchez strung together his "jaunty" "necklace-like novel" on the beat of the song that streams throughout. He manages to weave "together the sinuous connections of modern Puerto Rican life" with his motley collection of characters. And it's all fragmented into "percussive, alliterative, stanza-like sections, full of knowing cultural and literary allusions." Comparing Sánchez to Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Kirkus celebrated this "attractive, small-scale entertainment" and its "tour-de-force translation by el Magnifico."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564782588
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
12/28/2000
Edition description:
1ST DALKEY
Pages:
211
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

Antonio Lobo Antunes, born in 1942, is the author of novels including "What Can I Do When Everything's On Fire?" and "Act of the Damned". He lives in Lisbon, Portugal.

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