San Juan: Memoir of a City

San Juan: Memoir of a City

by Edgardo Rodriguez Julia
     
 

ISBN-10: 0299203743

ISBN-13: 9780299203740

Pub. Date: 05/24/2007

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press

San Juan: Memoir of a City conducts readers through Puerto Rico's capital, guided by one of its most graceful and reflective writers, Edgardo Rodriguez Julia. 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 cityspace he recreates, Rodriguez Julia…  See more details below

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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 Rodriguez Julia. 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 cityspace he recreates, Rodriguez Julia 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, flaneurs 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-Rodriguez Julia 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 Rodriguez Julia taught literature and creative writing at the University of Puerto Rico

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299203740
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
05/24/2007
Series:
THE AMERICAS Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
188
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Maps     xi
Foreword     xiii
Ubi Sunt     5
Avenida del Progreso, My Champs Elysees     15
A Long and Caribbean Street     26
In Search of the City of Letters     33
Toward the Martin Pena Canal     47
Santurce, Our Simulacrum of the Big City     52
Road to the Bohemian Lights     63
La Puerta de Tierra     84
A Clear Space, a Vigil for Poets     89
From Borinquen Park It Is One Step to Villa Palmeras     104
The Arc of Isla Verde     119
The City and the Forest     137
The Bridge     142
Glossary of Names     145
Glossary of Terms     159
Works Cited     165

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