The “Antología Personal” Series: José Luis González

gonzalezPuerto Rican writer Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá has been recapturing contemporary work by the leading Caribbean voices of the 20th century. He leads the series “Antología Personal,” editing books that encapsulate the essence of each writer.  Among the new editions he has produced this year are three leading writers from the Hispanophone Caribbean—Juan Bosch, Rosario Ferré, and José Luis González.

Antología Personal: José Luis González (in La Editorial Universidad de Puerto Rico’s third revised edition, 2009) collects short stories, novel excerpts, essays, and testimonial narrative that reveal his demanding aesthetic parameters and love of literary realism. González, who began writing at the age of 16, specializes in the difficult art of political exploration in literature, much like his models: Juan Bosch, Ernest Hemingway, and Franz Kafka.

José Luis González (1926-1997) was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Puerto Rico. His father was Puerto Rican and his mother was Dominican; they decided to move to Puerto Rico, when González was 4 years old, to escape the dictatorship of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. Although González considered himself Puerto Rican, he moved to Mexico in 1953 and obtained Mexican citizenship in 1955. He studied Political Science in Puerto Rico and the United States and later obtained his Ph.D. from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, where he began his academic career teaching Latin American literatures and societies.  He served as press correspondent in Prague, Berlin, Paris, and Warsaw. A prolific short story writer, he is better known for his journalistic writing, essays, and memoirs, such as Literatura y sociedad de Puerto Rico: De los cronistas de Indias a la Generación del 98 (1976), El país de cuatro pisos y otros ensayos (1980), La luna no era de queso: Memorias de infancia (1988), and Nueva visita al cuarto pisos (1986).

Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá teaches literature at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras. His many works include Las tribulaciones de Jonás (1981), El entierro de Cortijo (1983), La noche oscura del niño Avilés (1984), Una noche con Iris Chacón (1986), Campeche o los diablejos de la melancolía (1986), Álbum de Puertorriqueños la sagrada familia (1988), Camino de Yyaloide [1994), Sol de media noche (1995), Cartagena (1997), and Pelotero (1997).

For purchasing information, see http://www.laeditorialupr.com/ and http://www.amazon.com/Antologia-Personal-Jose-Gonzalez-Spanish/dp/0847711188

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