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Book Title: Boleros for the Disenchanted and Other Plays|
Date of issue: August 21st 2012
ISBN 13: 9781559363907
The author of the book: José Eustasio Rivera
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 8.50 MB
Edition: Theatre Communications Group
Read full description of the books Boleros for the Disenchanted and Other Plays:Praise for José Rivera:
"Even if you've never seen Puerto Rico or grown old, you sit there ruminating on love, sacrifice, and betrayal."—Chicago Tribune, on Boleros for the Disenchanted
"Teasingly engrossing. . . . Vividly written. . . . An intriguing and evocative drama."—The San Francisco Chronicle, on Brainpeople
"Mr. Rivera's intimate play . . . uses historical fact as a frame to pose intriguing questions about what might have happened."—The New York Times, on School of the Americas
Three new works from José Rivera, a writer known for his lush language, open heart, and stylistic flirting with the surreal. Boleros for the Disenchanted is the moving story of the playwrights own parents: their sweet courtship in 1950s Puerto Rico, and then forty years later in more difficult times in America. With Brainpeople, Rivera explores the troubled minds of three women in a post-apocalyptic setting who feast on a freshly slaughtered tiger. In School of the Americas, he imagines Che Guevara's encounter—more passionate than political—with a young schoolteacher in Bolivia. Also included is his one-act penned in protest of California's Proposition 8, Pablo and Andrew at the Altar of Words.
José Rivera's works include the plays References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, Marisol, Cloud Tectonics, and Sueno (an adaptation of Life Is a Dream), as well as the Oscar-nominated screenplay to The Motorcycle Diaries.
Read information about the authorJosé Eustasio Rivera Salas was a Colombian lawyer and poet primarily known for his national epic The Vortex.
After a failed attempt to be elected for the senate, he was appointed Legal Secretary of the Colombo-Venezuelan Border Commission to determine the limits with Venezuela, there he had the opportunity to travel through the Colombian jungles, rivers, and mountains, giving him a first hand experience of the subjects he would later write. Disappointed with the lack of resources offered by his government for his trip, he abandoned the commission and continued travelling on his own.
In this venture he became familiar with life in the Colombian plains and with problems related to the extraction of rubber in the Amazon jungle, a matter that would be central in his major work, La vorágine (1924) (translated as The Vortex), now considered one of the most important novels in Latin American literary history.
After the success of his novel, he was elected, in 1925, as a member for the Investigative Commission for Exterior Relations and Colonization. He also published several articles in newspapers in Colombia. In these pieces, he criticized irregularities in government contracts, and denounced the abandonment of the rubber extraction areas of Colombia and the mistreatment of workers.
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