While studying drama at Columbia University , he wrote Palm Sunday in English; the book deals with a tragic episode in Puerto Rico 's history. In the Puerto Rico Athenaeum awarded him first prize in four genres: short story , novel, essay, and drama. His most celebrated work is La carreta The Oxcart, , about the trials of a family displaced from rural Puerto Rico to the island's capital and then to New York. Tito y Berenice ; and futuristic events in El apartamento The Apartment,
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Nationality: Puerto Rican. Born: Arecibo, 4 October Family: Married Serena Velasco in divorced ; two sons and one daughter. Career: Writer; agronomist for Department of Agriculture, ; manager of department store, ; journalist, Diario de Puerto Rico , San Juan , ; chief of editorial section of Division of Community Education for Puerto Rico , ; established the Experimental Theater of the Atheneum, ; visiting instructor, University of Puerto Rico, Died: 2 March En una ciudad llamada San Juan.
Palm Sunday. Juan Bobo y la dama de occidente: Pantomima puertorriquena para un ballet occidental. If during his lifetime he was considered one of the island's most important literary figures—besides the short story , he explored a variety of forms, including drama, essays, poetry, and novels—today his fame hardly survives the classroom and the textbook. This eclipse, however, only hides the fact that his production was a crucial element in the process that transformed Puerto Rican literature from a vivid marginal force into a strong, original Latin American voice.
The evident machista outlook of some of his texts is equally alienating to writers like Ana Lydia Vega, whose work includes a serious exploration of women's roles and conflicts. Many of his stories were published in journals and magazines before the collections were assembled. San Juan is deployed as a space in which the individual lives of his characters refract, like a pocketsize mirror, the political condition of Puerto Rico as a territorial possession of the United States. Agriculture was displaced by technology.
On the other hand, it cannot be denied that the visceral impact of some of his stories comes precisely from his talent to illustrate dichotomies and tensions effectively. His short stories reveal an allegorical drive that reminds us of medieval mysteries and religious homilies.
The male protagonist of "Fear," a story originally written in , is unable to understand his anxiety; neither alcohol nor sex is an antidote to a deeply rooted sensation of being inadequate. A political discussion in a bar serves only to underline the character's impotence, introducing a parallel between his passivity and the colonial prostration of Puerto Rican society. The story strikes us today as a thinly fictionalized sermon, but the urgent, dramatic description of the character's state of mind is still powerful.
Rulfo, however, was able to defer judgment to the reader, allowing his characters to contradict themselves without excessive authorial intervention. The story presents a poignant portrait of a political prisoner. Isolated by being confined to his room in one of Old San Juan's colonial buildings, the man tries to stay in touch with the world outside.
Sounds, the street below his balcony, even family memories slowly filter into his consciousness, making him painfully aware of his claustrophobic situation. He tries to escape, but even a martyr's death is denied him. An omniscient narrator frames the fragmented development of an interior monologue; actions are internal more than external; from the present a character revisits his or her past. The resolution may be an unexpected act of violence or the resigned acceptance of life's futility.
In "Another Common Day" the prisoner is a Christ figure, but the comparison is left incomplete, for the crucifixion we expect does not happen. The ironic twist at the end of the story is that, against his will, the revolutionary man ends by being a defective messiah. In "Two Locks and One Archangel" a year-old girl moves to the city after being raped by a married man. Once there, she starts a relationship with a handsome chulo who sells her as a prostitute.
When she tries to leave, he cuts her skin with a razor and, later, makes love to her again. Blurring the boundaries between reality and religious imagery, the girl convinces herself that her abusive lover is the archangel Gabriel.
Certain sounds—a razor, door locks, the bracelets of a pimp, mambo songs—are reinterpreted by the girl as magical incantantions, aural signs that slowly hypnotize her into denial and illusion. All of these stories share certain structural similarities. At the beginning of each a character reacts to a source of light: an electric bulb "Two Locks and One Archangel" , a streetlight "Fear" , or the morning sun "Another Common Day".
In all three stories the protagonist is also an agonist, someone trapped in the net of life's choices, limitations, and responsibilities. Something more powerful than they—the government, a lover, emotional confusion—is pushing them into passivity, madness, or useless heroism. See the essay on " There is a Body Reclined on the Stern. Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. May 27, Retrieved May 27, from Encyclopedia. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.
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He developed an interest in writing at a young age and was politically keen to support independence for the non-sovereign nation of Puerto Rico. In , it opened in New York City. The drama traces a rural Puerto Rican family as it moved to the slums of San Juan and then to New York in search of a better life, only to be disillusioned and to long for their island. He concluded that only the enjoyment of complete national sovereignty will cleanse the pedagogical problem of all extra-pedagogical baggage. Puerto Rico has named a school in his honor and in the Luis A. Luis A. Maisonet Modesta Short Film; Dir.