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July 29 @ 8:00 pm
The Puerto Rico Trilogy offers a captivating view into the lives of individuals caught up in the Caribbean island’s wild and wooly colonial politics.
Journalist-turned-novelist Robert Friedman explores with suspense, compassion and dark humor what it has been like for Puerto Rico’s residents to live, love, work and plot there. Crime, corruption, and colonialism are woven into The Puerto Rico Trilogy, which consists of three separate character-driven novels that focus on the Caribbean island and its complex political and social relationship with the U.S. The Odyssey of Pablo Camino, book one, was inspired by a real-life incident when a stateside doctor, sent to the island for research, claimed in a letter that he purposely killed eight of his patients because of his disgust with the “natives.” The Defining Sea, book two, is set during the U.S, Navy’s decades-long live-fire and bombing exercises on the inhabited Puerto Rico island of Vieques, which caused death and serious illness.
Ulysses in San Juan, the concluding novel, relates the relationship between Wolf, a Jewish concentration camp survivor, who has come to Puerto Rico to try to build his life again, and Carmen. a drug addict. The novel. set in 1980, takes the reader on a trip into the San Juan underworld, as well to other island sites to meet crooked and upright and deeply human characters.
About the Author:
ROBERT FRIEDMAN lived in Puerto Rico for more than 20 years, working as a reporter and editor for the San Juan Star and as special correspondent for the New York Daily News. Friedman was also Washington correspondent for the Star, a reporter for the Scripps Howard News Service and associate editor of the Athens News in Greece. His articles have appeared in, among other publications, The New York Times, The Times (of London), the San Francisco Chronicle and El Nuevo Herald of Miami.