Eduardo Lalo

laloEscritor, fotógrafo y artista plástico puertorriqueño. Es autor de libros de difícil clasificación genérica en los que reúne su pasión por la palabra y la imagen: La isla silente (2002), Los pies de San Juan (2002)La inutilidad (2004), Donde (2005), Los países invisibles (2008) y El deseo del lápiz. Castigo, urbanismo, escritura (2010). Obtuvo el Premio Internacional de Novela Rómulo Gallegos 2013 por su novela Simone (2011). Actualmente trabaja en una edición corregida de la novela La inutilidad y una edición ilustrada de su poemario inédito Necrópolis. Ha dirigido además, donde y La ciudad perdida, dos mediometrajes que han sido incluidos en muestras de video en museos y casas de cultura de América Latina, Europa y Estados Unidos. Su obra visual se ha reunido en múltiples exposiciones.

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Eduardo Lalo
Writer, photographer and Puerto Rican artist. He has authored books of difficult generic classification in which brings together his passion for words and images: Silent island / La isla silente (2002), The feet of San Juan / Los pies de San Juan (2002), The futility / La inutilidad (2004), Where / Donde (2005), Invisible countries / Los países invisibles (2008) and The desire of the pencil. Punishment, urbanism, writing / El deseo del lápiz. Castigo, urbanismo, escritura (2010). He was awarded the Rómulo Gallegos International Novel Prize 2013 for his novel Simone (2011). Is currently working on a revised edition of the novel The futility and an illustrated edition of his unpublished poems Necropolis. He has also directed Where and The Lost City (La ciudad perdida), two medium-length films that have been included in video samples in museums and cultural centers in Latin America, Europe and the United States. His visual work has been assembled in numerous exhibitions.

Two scriptures crisscross in the streets of San Juan, the Puerto Rican capital. A writer notes down in a notebook the fragile contents of his survival days, while receiving anonymous he does not know whether they are messages, appointments or works of art. From these extremes it is narrated in this novel what is not known if it is a persecution or a search and which will ultimately result in a truncated and poignant love.
The futility
The futility bastes times in Paris and San Juan, searching times, discoveries, re-discoveries and revelations, memories that oscillate between hope and disillusionment, between enthusiasm and losses. Far from the island, a matrix experience, that of love, largely pervades other experiences as well as the moods and perceptions of the traveler. If in the course of this novel, Lalo builds a dilemmatic character, torn by opponent forces; because it crumbles and rearms in the course of a journey (geographical and interior) to the beat of a gradual process of desfacinación, towards the end of the tour returns to place it in a border area. It is a limit that sways him (and imposes a decision) between the sinking or redemption of his passions, between the silence or the vocation of writing.
Invisible countries

Eduardo Lalo in this book undertakes a narrative and philosophical journey by Europe. With a hybrid discourse that swiftly accommodates the travel diary, the chronicle narrative and the philosophical tradition of the cynics of antiquity, the author assesses an eccentric vision that, far from the topic of third-world victimization, embarks on a conceptual counter-conquest of the West. So, in the words of the author, “to write from the invisibility”, “to write from the dark side of geography” potentiates with lucidity a unique insight of the West, that Other whose myopia prevents the recognition of “the fiction of his invention, his laws and his grandiloquence”. With relentless gesture of philosopher-narrator, Eduardo Lalo forges in Invisible countries new discursive possibilities so the invisible subjects and communities worldwide can make from their “peripheral” geographies a cultural destination, free from the symbolic impostures of the geopolitical West. Invisible countries received in Spain the Essay Award Juan Gil-Albert-Ciutat de Valéncia in 2006.
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