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Abdala

by José Martí

La aparición de esta pieza publicada en el único número del periódico La Patria Libre,, en La Habana de 1869, no podía ser más provocativa. Las calles eran espacio para que los colonialistas peninsulares descargaran su furia por las victorias de los cubanos independentistas en la zona oriental de Cuba. Abdala cambió la historia del teatro cubano. "La acción transcurre en Nubia, en los momentos en que una fuerza invasora ataca a los naturales de esa región. El joven guerrero Abdala toma el mando de las tropas y derrota al enemigo a costa de su propia vida. Eso es todo y realmente nada o casi nada sería, si no estuviera todo bañado por los versos de Martí El joven se debate en estos encendidos versos entre el Romanticismo, con la actitud sacrificada del protagonista, y el incipiente Modernismo que dota a sus parlamentos de una vitalidad y frescura que se amparan en la rima sencilla. No es Abdala un gran poema, tampoco un gran drama, pero su aparición Marca dos nacimientos: primero, el del llamado "Teatro Mambí", ese teatro de agitación política que luego abundaría en los campamentos del Ejército Libertador; segundo, el del primer protagonista negro en una obra de teatro cubana.

José Martí Reader: Writings on the Americas

by José Martí Ivan A. Schulman

"[Martí] added a social agenda to the historic program of national liberation and instantly converted a movement devoted to the establishment of a new nation into a force dedicated to shaping a new society. Martí transformed rebellion into revolution. . . . Like a master weaver, Martí pulled together all the separate threads of Cuban discontent--social, economic, political, racial, historical--and wove them into a radical movement of enormous force."--Louis A. Pérez Jr, author of José Martí in the United States "Oh Cuba! . . . the blood of Martí was not yours alone; it belonged to an entire race, to an entire continent; it belonged to the powerful youth who have lost probably the best of teachers; he belonged to the future!"--Rubén Darío This new edition of an elegant anthology features bilingual poetry, a revised translation, and several new pieces. It presents the full breadth of José Martí's work: his political essays and writings on culture, his letters, and his poetry. Readers will discover a literary genius and an insightful political commentator on troubled US-Latin America relations.

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