Por Estas Calles Bravas
Por Estas Calles Bravas
Vintage Espanol

Por Estas Calles Bravas

  • Publish Date: 1998-09-14
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Piri Thomas

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Thirty years ago Piri Thomas made literary history with this lacerating, lyrical memoir of his coming of age on the streets of Spanish Harlem. Here was the testament of a born outsider: a Puerto Rican in English-speaking America; a dark-skinned morenito in a family that refused to acknowledge its African blood. Here was an unsparing document of Thomas's plunge into the deadly consolations of drugs, street fighting, and armed robbery--a descent that ended when the twenty-two-year-old Piri was sent to prison for shooting a cop.

As he recounts the journey that took him from adolescence in El Barrio to a lock-up in Sing Sing to the freedom that comes of self-acceptance, faith, and inner confidence, Piri Thomas gives us a book that is as exultant as it is harrowing and whose every page bears the irrepressible rhythm of its author's voice. Thirty years after its first appearance, this classic of manhood, marginalization, survival, and transcendence is available in an anniversary edition with a new Introduction by the author.

Hace treinta aos Piri Toms marc un hito en la historia de la literatura al escribir el desgarrador recuento de su juventud en las calles del Harlem hispano. He aqu la historia de un puertorriqueo nacido en Nueva York pero considerado un extrao en un pas de habla inglesa; un muchacho de piel oscura cuya familia se niega a reconocer la obvia presencia de su sangre africana. Este testimonio conmovedor de la cada de Toms en la trampa mortal de las drogas, las peleas callejeras y los robos a mano armada, termina cuando Piri, de veintids aos, es encarcelado por dispararle a un polica.

Desde su adolescencia en El Barrio hasta la crcel de Sing Sing, Piri Toms ofrece un recuento estremecedor que con voz profunda, muestra pgina de pgina cmo aprende a conocerse, a aceptarse y finalmente a tener fe en s mismo. Despus de treinta aos de su primera edicin, este clsico que describe las condiciones de enajenacin y la lucha por sobrevivir de un grupo marginado se publica por primera vez en espaol, con nuevas ltimas palabras del autor.


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