In her article “Libros que dejaron huellas en la década” [Books that made their mark in the decade] Carmen Dolores Hernández (El Nuevo Día, 9 January 2011) lists the most influential books in the areas of fiction, non-fiction, and reference in Puerto Rico from 2000 to 2010. She poses the following double question: Which Puerto Rican books surprised us during the last decade and which ones revealed to us new possibilities for reading, thought, and research? For the sake of space, we will only mention a few, but you may access the complete article in the link provided below.
Among the works of fiction, Hernández mentions Mayra Montero’s Son de Almendra (Alfaguara, 2005), based on Havana in the 50s and the years preceding the Cuban Revolution; Luis López Nieves’ El corazón de Voltaire (Norma, 2005), an electronic epistolary novel dealing with modern technology, mythologizing history, and unexpected links between the Old and New Worlds; Rafael Franco Steeves’ El peor de mis amigos (Callejón, 2007), described as a beautiful love story and a sordid account of drug addiction; and Francisco Font Acevedo’s anthology of provocative short stories La belleza bruta (Tal Cual, 2008).
In non-fiction and reference, the critic includes Jorge Duany’s well-known The Puerto Rican Nation on the Move (University of North Carolina Press, 2002); Teresa Tió’s El cartel en Puerto Rico (Pearson, 2003); Zilkia Janer’s Puerto Rican Nation-Building Literature: Impossible Romance (University Press of Florida, 2005); José Campeche: Retratista de una época by Teodoro Vidal (Alba, 2005); editions of Ramón Juliá Marín’s 1911 and 1912 novels Tierra adentro and La gleba by Fernando Feliú Matilla (UPR, 2006); and Ramón Emeterio Betances: Obras completes, edited by Félix Ojeda Reyes and Paul Estrade (Puerto, with the most recent volume published in 2008).
For full article (in Spanish), see http://www.elnuevodia.com/librosquedejaronhuellasenladecada-857432.html