RD: the guest country for the Madrid book fair 2019.
The journey of current Dominican literature
The everlasting Pedro Mir used to say that the Dominican Republic was that country in the same sun path that was placed in an unbelievable archipelago of sugar and alcohol. The literary talent housed the island was known internationally in his verses, in the inherent sensitivity of his poetry but he showed himself to any intellectual as one of the most representative minstrels of Hispanic Caribbean prose in the twentieth century.
He was a precedent, but not the only example of narrative creativity. Pedro Henríquez Ureña, a pioneer of the American dialectological studies, affirmed that every Dominican word, in its analysis, traces his particular adventure in the meeting between indigenous and Spanish.
José Luís Núñez de Cáceres and Juan Pablo Duarte were the first representatives of this growing literary, and then they would be followed by authors such as José Joaquín Pérez, Manuel de Jesús Galván, Nicolás Ureña de Mendoza and Salomé Ureña, daughter of the latter.
However, there are more than 20 titles in poetry genres, narratives, and essays where you can find the Dominican skill for the rhythm of lyrics that nowadays are available on the internet.
These circumstances made Madrid Book Fair 78th edition, had the Dominican Republic, for the first time, as the guest of honor. Additionally, it allowed contemporary authors such as the Dominican writer Rita Indiana to had the chance of presenting her work Made in Saturn, which explains what write in Dominican means for her through the terms of her childhood neighborhood.
So, classics such as Juan Bosch and Marcio Veloz Maggiolo, great thinkers from the Dominican Republic, were present at the Retiro Park in Madrid, next to work of sociologists, archaeologists, jurists, journalists, and actors, all of them representative of their country and its relations with literature.
The pieces written by Dominican authors outside the Dominican Republic have a very significant meaning for this literature. Naturally, this not only includes the post-Independence creations, but it also suggests the writing while the territory still belonged to the Spaniards.
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TEXT: Elena Crespo; IMAGES: Archivos