Cortijo's Wake/ El Entierro de Cortijo
AUTHOR: JuliÃƒÂ¡, Edgardo RodrÃƒÂguez and Flores, Juan
PUBLISHER: Duke University Press
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Winding through the streets of working-class San Juan with Cortijo's funeral procession, Rodr#65533;guez Juli#65533;'s autobiographical chronicle provides a rare portrait of the impoverished society from which Cortijo's music emerged. Along with detailed renderings of grief-stricken mourners--including Cortijo's childhood friend and fellow musician, the celebrated singer Ismael ("Maelo") Rivera--Rodr#65533;guez Juli#65533; records his feelings as he, a light-skinned, middle-class writer, confronts the world of poor black Puerto Ricans. The author's masterful shifting of linguistic registers, his acute sensitivity to Puerto Rican social codes, 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. Well-known critic and cultural historian Juan Flores has provided a scrupulous translation of Rodr#65533;guez Juli#65533;'s text and an introduction situating the book in relation to Puerto Rican music and culture and the careers of Cortijo and Rodr#65533;guez Juli#65533;.
PUBLICATION DATE: 12/30/2003
CATEGORY: Biography & Autobiography, Social Science