Dominican writer José Alcántara Almánzar, winner of the prestigious Premio Nacional de Literatura [National Prize for Literature] in 2009, has just published his latest book, El lector apasionado [The Passionate Reader]. The collection contains close to 20 essays on literature in the Dominican Republic.
El lector apasionado (Editorial Letra Gráfica, 2010) is divided into five parts—Instances, Gazes, Passions, Memories, and Circumstances—through which Alcántra Almánzar offers readings, analyses, and impressions of a variety of works. He looks at short stories by writers such as Juan Bosch, Virgilio Díaz Grullón, Arnaldo Espaillat Cabral, Marcio Veloz Maggiolo, Fernando Ureña Rib, Arturo Rodríguez Fernández, and José Enrique García; novelists such as Luis Arambilet (El secreto de Neguri), Jeannette Miller (La vida es otra cosa), and Arnaldo Espaillat Cabral (La tumba vacía); and poets such as Soledad Álvarez and José Mármol, among others.
Alcántara Almanzar is considered one of the best contemporary short story writers in Spanish. A prolific writer, he is the author of Callejón sin salida (1975), Antología de la literatura dominicana (1988), El sabor de lo prohibido (1993), La aventura interior (1997), and La carne estremecida (2000), among many others.
For full articles, see http://buenalectura.wordpress.com/2010/04/21/circul-ayer-el-lector-apasionado-de-jos-alcntara-almnzar/#more-1966, http://www.listindiario.com/app/article.aspx?id=138683 and http://www.hoy.com.do/el-pais/2010/4/20/322499/Alcantara-Almanzar-publica-su-libro-El-lector-apasionado