Ana Lydia Vega’s Mirada de doble filo [Double-edged Gaze; 2008] is an aptly named collection of razor-sharp, critical, journalistic essays on the quickly shifting realities of contemporary Puerto Rico. The collection gathers the best pieces from her years collaborating as a columnist for the Perspectiva [Perspective] section of Puerto Rico’s foremost newspaper, El Nuevo Día. With her habitual humor and acuity, Vega focuses her “’wandering eye’ on perturbing events, protagonists, and obsessive themes,” to offer an approach to understanding the multiple facets of the island’s daily life. As the book jacket states, Vega’s accounts, testimonial essays, dialogues, monologues, obituaries, satires, and parodies move beyond the realm of the opinion pages to stand firmly at the heart of literary terrain.
Ana Lydia Vega (1946) is an award-winning (Premio Casa de las Américas, Premio Juan Rulfo, Pushcart Prize) author who taught French language/literature and Caribbean studies for many years at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras. Some of her works include Encancaranublado y otros cuentos de naufragio (1981), El tramo ancla (1987), Vírgenes y mártires (co-authored with Carmen Lugo Filippi; 1988), Falsas crónicas del sur (1991), Esperando a Lolo y otros delirious generacionales (1994), and Pasión de historia (2005). She has also served as columnist for El Nuevo Día, Claridad, and Diálogo.
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