Havana’s International Book Fair: Emilio Jorge Rodríguez Launches Three Books

Today (February 19, 2012) at Havana’s International Book Fair, Emilio Jorge Rodríguez presents three of his latest books. His two essay collections—Haití y la transcaribeñidad literaria and El Caribe literario: trazados de convivencia—were launched at noon today at Sala Nuestra América. [For more on these two text, see previous posts New Book: “Haití y la transcaribeñidad literaria” and New Book: “El Caribe literario, Trazados de convivencia”.]

At 2:00pm at Sala Alejo Carpentier, he will present the latest in his ongoing work in edition and selection of Caribbean writers, Crónicas caribeñas de Alejo Carpentier (2012).

Description: Crónicas caribeñas brings together a selection of texts by Alejo Carpentier that tackles many issues related to Cuba and the Caribbean from his journalistic collaborations in various types of media, spanning from 1922 to 1980. Readers can learn about his interest in regional authors, his research in Afro-Caribbean cultures, and his sustained effort
in delving into the peculiarities of these co-existing worlds, establishing bonds of affinity and comparison. Carpentier thus moves beyond national boundaries to demonstrate the close ties of relationship between the diverse islands and the continental land that have framed them, with their similarities and differences, as part of a larger unit. It is striking how he approaches the Caribbean and Latin American cultural universe and expresses the need to seek ways of integration beyond language, for although they are bearers of culture, there are in the region similar historical experiences that link these countries. Thus, researcher and essayist Jorge Emilio Jorge Rodríguez, who was in charge of the selection and prologue to the book, highlights how advanced Carpentier’s vision is, because he was not only opposed to the “linguistic boundary schemes in the region, but was also presenting an island-continental articulation.”

Emilio Jorge Rodríguez (Havana, Cuba; 1947), a graduate of the University of Havana, is an essayist and literary critic. He directed the Center for Caribbean Studies at Casa de las Américas, where he was a researcher from 1979 to 2000. Rodríguez was the founder and editor of Anales del Caribe (1981-2000). He was a recipient of the CUNY-Caribbean Exchange Program Research Fellowship (1992); he was an invited participant at the Africana Studies and Research Center’s Visiting Scholars’ Program sponsored by Cornell University/Ford Foundation (1994); he was the recipient of the Nicolás Guillén Foundation’s Research Fellowship (2001); and he has received multiple prizes for his essays and books. Among his many publications are his collections of essays on Caribbean literature Literatura caribeña: bojeo y cuaderno de bitácora (1989), Acriollamiento y discurso escrit/oral caribeño (2001), and Haití y la transcaribeñidad literaria (2012). His recent compilations on Caribbean writers include the bilingual edition of Corazón de Pelícano: Antología poética de Lasana M. Sekou /Pelican Heart: An Anthology of Poems by Lasana M. Sekou (2010)—which has been published in Spanish as Musa desnuda (2012).

For more information, see http://feriadellibro.cubaliteraria.cu/libros.php?mes=02&dia=19 (in Spanish) and http://www.cubanow.cult.cu/pages/articulo.php?sec=17&t=2&item=10249 (in English)

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