Item description for Lucia Jerez (Spanish Edition) by Jose Marti...
Luca Jerez, the only novel written by Jos Mart (Cuba, 1853-1895) ranks among the first and most important novels of Hispanic American Modernism. This work,overlooked or trivialized by critics over theyears, today is considered a revolutionary narrtive because in it the writer experiments with techniques that pre-announce the XX Century Vanguard writiers, and even contemporary post-modernism texts. This is a novel built upon symbols, impresionist and expresionist prose, full of visionary enunciations that depict the present and future of an off-balance world; and the fragile and inconstant experiences of our daily life.
Mart, according to his own confession, wrote the novel originally under the title of Amistad Funesta (Regrettable Friendship) in seven days for a New York magazine. He was forced to follow the guidelines set by the magazine's director: there had to be lots of love; a death; many young women, no sinful passion; and nothing that parents and clergymen would reject. And it had to be Hispanic American. The Cuban confessed he disliked the narrative genre. But years afterwards he changed his mind and thought about a modified version of his novel, with a different title because he realized, after reading Harriet Beecher Stowes Uncle Toms Cabin and Helen Hunt Jacksons Ramona, that novels could be a powerful social and political vehicle.
In Luca Jerez many critics have preferred to see a fundamentally aesthetic creation,the fruit of the end of the XIX Century Modernist stylistic innovations. But today (re)reading, "under the surface" of the text, as Mart preferred, one can discover a contemporary narrative that explores the disconnections and annomalies of modern life.
Inthe preliminary study to this text Prof. Ivan A. Schulman examines Jose Martis stance with regard to novelistic narratives, explores Lucia Jerez's structure and style, and adds notes that contribute to a novel, in-depth comprehension of Marti's text.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.74" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.31" Weight: 0.18 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2005
ISBN 9871136323 ISBN13 9789871136322
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More About Jose Marti
Jose Marti was a Cuban patriot, statesman, professor, and poet who dedicated his life to the cause of Cuba's independence from Spain. He is the author of the collections "Versos Libres" and "Versos Sencillos," Tyler Fisher is a lecturer in Spanish at Oxford's Exeter College, and his original poetry, prose, and translations have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including "The Formalist," "The Lyric," and "The Pestle,"
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Cuban Petofi Jul 13, 2008
Marti was the great poet/patriot of Cuba and his poetry was truly superb. Unfortunately, many chauvinistic Cubans have attributed to Marti qualities that simply were not there. One of them is that this novel by him was a masterpiece which, in reality, was nothing of the sort. In fact, Marti himself admits to it being an inferior work on his part, written simply at the orders of his editor as a filler for the newspaper that he was working. It says much for the author that he admitted the deficiencies himself. As such, the work is mostly of historical worth rather than a literary one.