- Tapa blanda: 211 páginas
- Editor: Dalkey Archive Press (25 de septiembre de 2009)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1564782581
- ISBN-13: 978-1564782588
- Valoración media de los clientes: 1 opinión de cliente
Macho Camacho's Beat (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 25 sep 2009
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Infinitely multiplied by the blare of radios, TVs and record players in San Juan, Macho Camacho's guaracha weaves its way across the city and through the lives of one family on a single day: Senator Vicente Reinosa, a crooked politician stuck in a gargantuan traffic jam; his neurotic, aristocratic wife; their son Benny, a fascist who is quite literally in love with his Ferrari, and the Senator's mistress, who inhabits a poorer world with her idiot child, her cousins (Hughie, Louie, and Dewey) and her friend Dona Chon. Macho Camacho's Beat blends the music of puns, fantastic wordplay, advertising slogans, and pop-culture references with the rhythm of the guaracha to satirize the invasive "Americanization" of the island and the way in which a momentary fad impacts the culture at large.
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Considered by many to be the greatest Puerto Rican playwright of modern times. Born and raised in the city of Humacao, Puerto Rico. He enrolled in the University of Puerto Rico in 1955, earning a Bachelors of Arts degree. In 1959 he earned a Masters Degree in dramatic arts in City University of New York. He eventually went to Spain and earned his Doctorate in Literature in 1975, from the Complutense University of Madrid.
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Sanchez shows us an island culture awash in American artifacts - Libby's pear juice, Little Lulu, Sara Lee cake - but he slaps at it a little too hard. When we hear for the tenth time that ''Vince is a prince and his mind you can't rinse,'' we are no longer listening. The litany of slogans begins to numb us. The wordplay becomes tiresome: ''A ferruled Ferrari is a frenum to frenzy.''
Who is to blame? Gregory Rabassa, who translated MACHO CAMACHO'S BEAT, was also the translator of ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE - a book that doesn't have one false line. Either the music of MACHO CAMACHO'S BEAT was impossible to translate, or Rabassa just phoned it in.
I suspect the latter.
MACHO CAMACHO'S heart beats powerfully in the original Spanish version, LA GUARACHA DE MACHO CAMACHO. Read it in Spanish if you are able. Read it in English and weep.