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Book Title: Adoration of the Old Woman|
The author of the book: José Eustasio Rivera
Edition: Broadway Play Pub
Date of issue: November 1st 2010
ISBN 13: 9780881454307
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Set against the backdrop of Puerto Rico's struggle with the issue of statehood, a young woman, who speaks no Spanish, moves in with her 105-year-old great grandmother who speaks no English. Both women deal with problems of love - the younger with two new suitors and the older with the ghost of her husband's mistress. ..". There is more - much, much more - to Jose Rivera's new play, ADORATION OF THE OLD WOMAN. But the play's internal engine - its life and humor and earthiness - is driven by the shockingly profane, deeply poetic words of this spiritual old woman. Dona Belen may be the most fascinating character in Rivera's fertile oeuvre ... his plays are infused with the flavor we've come to associate with Latin writing - the rich imagery and lyricism of Federico Garcia Lorca, the earthy sensuality and surrealism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. But Rivera's concerns are universal. His characters may be brown-skinned, but his subject is the human soul. ADORATION OF THE OLD WOMAN is Rivera's most overtly political play yet. It's a work that combines Rivera's heightened sense of language and visually rich dreamscapes with a deeply felt probing of Puerto Rican independence. It's part ghost story, part political debate. It's magical realism meets a Puerto Rican Crossfire ... if Rivera never really seems to make his - the decision about Puerto Rican self-determination - he has left us with the evidence we need to make one for ourselves. And in that he fulfills what the physician-turned-playwright Anton Chekov said is the writer's chief responsibility: not providing a cure, but correctly diagnosing the problem." -Joel Beers, Orange County Weekly
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Read information about the authorJosé Eustasio Rivera Salas was a Colombian lawyer and poet primarily known for his national epic The Vortex.
After a failed attempt to be elected for the senate, he was appointed Legal Secretary of the Colombo-Venezuelan Border Commission to determine the limits with Venezuela, there he had the opportunity to travel through the Colombian jungles, rivers, and mountains, giving him a first hand experience of the subjects he would later write. Disappointed with the lack of resources offered by his government for his trip, he abandoned the commission and continued travelling on his own.
In this venture he became familiar with life in the Colombian plains and with problems related to the extraction of rubber in the Amazon jungle, a matter that would be central in his major work, La vorágine (1924) (translated as The Vortex), now considered one of the most important novels in Latin American literary history.
After the success of his novel, he was elected, in 1925, as a member for the Investigative Commission for Exterior Relations and Colonization. He also published several articles in newspapers in Colombia. In these pieces, he criticized irregularities in government contracts, and denounced the abandonment of the rubber extraction areas of Colombia and the mistreatment of workers.
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