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Jose Martí: An Introduction

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Jose Marti, Cuban national hero, was one of Latin America's most influential literary and political figures. There is currently no introductory overview to his complex body of works. Jose Marti: An Introduction offers such an introduction to Marti's most pertinent, enduring ideas, exploring his writing on race, gender, the relationship between Cuba and the U.S., and issues ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 17th 2004 by Palgrave Macmillan
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Don't let this book's slender spine and modest title fool you: It is not only an Introduction but an indispensable companion to the work of Cuban poet/journalist/revolutionary José Martí. The author, Oscar Montero, writes at the book's start that he considers it foremost a resource to educators. Martí's poetry, his reflections on popular United States figures (Emerson, Whitman, Grant, etc.), and his War Diaries are all works that should be better-taught in the United States -- not only in Spanis ...more
I'm not a reader who often leaves a book unfinished, but I couldn't complete this one. While the content is well researched (and thus this would be a great book for research purposes), it's not the kind of book you want to read for the enjoyment of learning about the subject. I was looking for a general biography of Marti's life, this book focuses Marti's writing and experiences about living in America, its political, racial, and gender issues. There are chapters on Marti's poetry in regards to ...more
Aug 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
An excellent primer to Marti, indispensable before diving into this most prolific of Cuban writers, father of Modernismo, National Poet, Leading Humanist, Founding Father of the Cuban Republic, Intellectual Author of the Cuban Revolution--the list goes on.
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