El Ano de Nuestra Revolucion: Cuentos y Poemas

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Arte Publico Press, 2006 - Hispanic Americans - 114 pages
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Shimmering fragments of poetry, fiction, fable, and essay reflect a kaleidoscopic vision of burgeoning adulthood as seen through the eyes of the young protagonists in El ano de nuestra revolucion, the Spanish-language edition of Judith Ortiz Cofer's award-winning collection. The Year of Our Revolution. Among the memorable heroines to emerge from this landmark collection is Maria Elenita, aka Mary Ellen. As she embarks upon the journey from innocent adolescence to young womanhood, her imagination moves from thoughts of school and Supergirl to dreams of rock music, rebellion and first love. Donning the uniform of the opposition--tie-dyed T-shirts, Indian headbands and noisy jewelry with the aroma of patchouli incense wafting about her, Mary Ellen mounts her season of insurgency during which she awakens to sensuality with her "boy-poet" Gerald and the "soldier-boy" Pito. Ultimately she learns the high price to be paid for matters of the heart. In a work suitable for mature older teens and young adults, Ortiz Cofer crystallizes what Maria Elenita's saddened Mama calls "the worst year in the history of parents and children. . . the year of our revolution."

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Review: El Ano De Nuestra Revolucion / The Year of Our Revolution: Cuentos Y Poemas / Stories and Poems

User Review  - Jennifer Dines - Goodreads

Another delightful series of coming-of-age vignettes from Ortiz Cofer. This book is a bit darker than other books I've read by Ortiz Cofer. Readers will recognize several of the pieces from Silent Dancing. Read full review

Review: El Ano De Nuestra Revolucion / The Year of Our Revolution: Cuentos Y Poemas / Stories and Poems

User Review  - Angie - Goodreads

I am a big Judith Ortiz Cofer fan. This is a great book, although it does have some of the same stories as Silent Dancing. It was still great to revisit the stories and the bilcultual experience. Read full review

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El significado del amor
Kennedy en el barrio
Parientes perdidos
La gravedad
Primer amor
Haciendo el amor en español hacia 1969
El año de nuestra revolución
María Sabida
Para lo que sirve el mañana
El olvido
Acerca de la autora


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Page vi - Silent Dancing: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood (Arte Público Press, 1990). "Kennedy en el Barrio" fue publicado por primera vez en Microfiction: An Anthology of Really Short Stories, editada porJerome Stern (Norton, 1996).

About the author (2006)

Critically acclaimed and widely published poet, novelist, and essayist Judith Ortiz Cofer knows that "words have the power to transform you and give you the power to shape your life. The minute you open your mouth, you have introduced yourself." Writing extensively about the experience of being Puerto Rican and her identity as a woman and writer in the U.S., she is a lauded Regents and Franklin Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Georgia where she teaches literature and creative writing.

Elena Olazagasti-Segovia is a professor at Vanderbilt University.

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