A work of beautiful lyrical and musical accents written in Chopin's voice, Manuscript in Dreams/Study of Chopin, sheds light on highly meaningful moments and aspects of the composer's life and work. The author has kwledgeably threaded together manuscripts that appeared to her in dreams... : an ensemble of intimate pieces subtly combined in an engaging kaleidoscope of memoir, narrative and poetry. A diversity of characters-George Sand, Clara Schumann, Heinrich Heine, Charles Halle, Eugene Delacroix...-parade through these pages and contribute to their remarkable immediacy, while a handful of poems offer a precise emotional counterpoint. As Lourdes Tomas says in her critical essay on the Spanish original, In this splendid imaginary autobiography written by the Cuban born poet and writer Juana Rosa Pita, the poet of the pia is rendered as musician of words. The publication coincides with the bicentennial of Chopin's birth: an original, heartfelt homage to an unrivaled composer.
Juana Rosa Pita (Havana, 1939) has authored her body of work between Washington, where she cofounded Ediciones Solar and received her doctorate in Hispanic Literature, Miami, New Orleans, where she was visiting professor at Tulane University, and Boston, where she now resides. Her poetry possesses the original virtue of reviving emotion and transforming it into myth within herself (Pablo Antonio Cuadra). Her poetry always turns to reconciling human frailty with the mystery of things (Pietro Civitareale). She has published 22 volumes, among them Las cartas y las horas (Washington, 1977); Manual de magia (Barcelona, 1979); Viajes de Penelope (Miami, 1980), a bilingual edition (Udine, 2007); Plaza sitiada (Costa Rica, 1987); Sorbos de luz/ Sips of Light (New Orleans, 1990); Florencia nuestra (Miami, 1992); Una estacion en tren (Coral Gables, 1994, which won the poetry prize 'Letras de Oro' 1993; Tela de concierto (Miami, 1999); Cantar de isla (Havana, 2003); Pensamiento del tiempo (Miami, 2005); and the pamphlet Nido de soles (Boston, 2008). Juana Rosa Pita has been awarded two international prizes in Italy: the VIII Ultimo Novecento of Pisa - 'Poets in the World' (1985), and the II Alghero - 'Culture for Peace' (1987); both for her body of work. Her poetry has been widely studied, translated into several languages and included in anthologies such as New Directions in Prose and Poetry 49 (New York, 1985) in translation by Donald D. Walsh, and Poesia cubana del siglo XX (FCE: Mexico, 2002).