"One of Latin America's most gifted novelists".--"Washington Post Book World". A finalist for the National Book Award for her 1995 novel, "La Casa de la Laguna", Rosario Ferre is one of Latin America's most original and important writers. In the four stories that make up "Maldito Amor" Ferre explores the history of political and cultural struggle in her native Puerto Rico.
The history of one contentious family is the basis of the short novel and three stories in this volume spanning a century of national transformation and political and economic upheaval in Puerto Rico. Ferre, a native of that country, begins with an idyll of village life ("It was because the residents of Guamani considered themselves to be the children of their mountain, which resembled from afar a huge green velvet breast, that they were a peaceful people, leery of war and ready to share what little they owned with their neighbors.'') and concludes with a dark vision of the future options of statehood and independence. The tale of family intrigue celebrates the scenic wonder of Puerto Rico, "not a land but a landscape,'' and is filtered through several perspectives; the distinct narrative voices blend to create a whole greater than the sum of the parts. Ferre's seriousness of purpose is conveyed in the symbolism of the stories and their fateful twists of plot. If the tales at times seem overburdened with significance, the graceful writing more than compensates.