Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá

julia(Río Piedras, 1946), novelista, cronista y ensayista puertorriqueño, ha consolidado una vasta obra en las letras caribeñas y latinoamericanas. Entre sus crónicas  y ensayos se destacan Las tribulaciones de Jonás, El entierro de Cortijo, El cruce de la Bahía de Guánica, Puertorriqueños. Álbum de la Sagrada Familia Puertorriqueña, Caribeños, San Juan, ciudad soñada,textos en los cuales sobresale una escritura tramada  entre los registros de la cultura alta y popular. Al ciclo de sus tres novelas de ficción histórica ubicadas en el siglo XVIII, La renuncia del héroe Baltasar, La noche oscura del Niño Avilés El camino de Yyaloide, han seguido otros títulos cercanos al policial negro, como Sol de medianoche Mujer con sombrero Panamá. Su novela más reciente, El espíritu de la luz, recrea las memorias de tres personajes históricos, vinculados entre sí a través de la obsesión compartida por la luz y el espacio caribeño.

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Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá
(Río Piedras, 1946), novelist, journalist and essayist from Puerto Rico; has established a vast work in the Caribbean and Latin American arts. Among his chronicles and essays stand The tribulations of Jonah (Las tribulaciones de Jonás), Cortijo’s funeral (El entierro de Cortijo), The crossing of Guánica Bay (El cruce de la Bahía de Guánica), Puerto Ricans (Puertorriqueños). Album Ricans the Holy Family (Álbum de la Sagrada Familia Puertorriqueña), Caribbeans (Caribeños), San Juan: Memoir of a City (San Juan, ciudad soñada), texts in which stands a scripture hatched between records of high and popular culture. To the cycle of his three historical fiction novels located in the eighteenth century, The resignation of the Hero Balthazar (La renuncia del héroe Baltasar), The Dark Night of Niño Avilés (La noche oscura del Niño Avilés) and Yyaloide’s road (El camino de Yyaloide), follow other titles close to hard-boiled fiction, like Midnight sun (Sol de medianoche) and Woman with Panama hat (Mujer con sombrero Panamá). His most recent novel, The spirit of light (El espíritu de la luz), recreates the memories of three historical characters, linked together through a shared obsession for the light and the space of the Caribbean.
The pool (La piscina)
The pool is a novel in which binds tightly a remarkable exercising of prose, precise and intense, and the inquiry into the deep intricacies of memory, where it plunges to its ultimate consequences the main character of the play. The opening scene, centered on the agony of the father, triggers the act of remembrance, an offset to the past, to the childhood and the family home where sneaks the light of the Caribbean that, as in The spirit of the light, connotes the paradoxes of reveal and watch over. The adult, from a child’s perspective, rediscovers how ominous can become the family home, with its cozy corners but also its secret, sinister spaces, showing how fragile the most intimate ties can become. The rarefied atmosphere of family oppression and buried violence, move toward the outside of the house, on two memorable moments for its forceful narrative, the arrival of the hurricane and a baseball game between Puerto Rico and Cuba that ends with a fight to blows. A novel focused on the vicissitudes of subjectivity and of grieving memory, in which the narrator effectively leads us to an ending that casts new light on the mysteries and twists of the plot .

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