Book Launch: Marta Aponte’s “PR 3 Aguirre”


There will be another book launch for Marta Aponte Alsina’s PR 3 Aguirre [see previous post New Book: Marta Aponte Alsina’s PR 3 Aguirre] on Thursday, August 30, 2018, 7:00pm, at Librería Mágica in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico. The presenters will be professors Elizabeth Magaly Robles and Nelson Rivera. The bookstore—Librería Mágica—is located at 1013 Ponce de León Avenue, very close to the University of Puerto Rico and the Río Piedras train station. (The description below is adapted from a blog entry by the author.)

Description (excerpts): The first part of PR 3 Aguirre contains a gallery of portraits of the merchants related to Boston (who acquired the land and established a “company town”), their families, and social circles. In some cases, the documentary intention was diverted by fictional places, lingering on certain scenes and atmospheres. I did not censure or provoke the fictions that the documents suggested. In general, the reading of documents did not focus on a literal and objective transcription of the content of the sources, although there are also passages that are very close to being summaries or marginal comments. The book moves between the documentary and the imaginative, and even the testimonial, as a rigorously academic historical text could not.

The counterweight of the portraits of Bostonians in the first section is found in the interviews with Puerto Ricans included in the second part of the book, which also contains short fragments, intrusions of imaginary voices, and comments by the author, as if the voices speaking were no longer those of the documents, but rather of the lack of documents.

For more information, see

Excerpts of description translated by Ivette Romero. For more information (in Spanish), see

Also see previous post

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