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Winding through the streets of working-class San Juan with Cortijoâs funeral procession, RodrÃguez JuliÃ¡âs autobiographical chronicle provides a rare portrait of the impoverished society from which Cortijoâs music emerged. Along with detailed renderings of grief-stricken mournersâincluding Cortijoâs childhood friend and fellow musician, the celebrated singer Ismael ("Maelo") RiveraâRodrÃguez JuliÃ¡ records his feelings as he, a light-skinned, middle-class writer, confronts the world of poor black Puerto Ricans. The authorâs masterful shifting of linguistic registers, his acute sensitivity to Puerto Rican social codes, his broad knowledge of popular music, and his sardonic ruminations on death and immortality make this one of the most widely read books of modern Puerto Rican literature. Well-known critic and cultural historian Juan Flores has provided a scrupulous translation of RodrÃguez JuliÃ¡âs text and an introduction situating the book in relation to Puerto Rican music and culture and the careers of Cortijo and RodrÃguez JuliÃ¡.
About: A bilingual edition of a renowned work of Puerto Rican literature, Cortijoâs Wake/El entierro de Cortijo is novelist Edgardo RodrÃguez JuliÃ¡âs vivid description of the funeral of legendary Puerto Rican musician Rafael Cortijo.
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