: Anna in the Tropics (TCG Edition) (): Nilo Cruz: Books. This page guide for “Anna In The Tropics” by Nilo Cruz includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 2 chapters, as well as several more. The Anna in the Tropics Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, theme list, historical context, author by Nilo Cruz.

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Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. Juan Julian chooses to read from Anna Karenina.

In the end, Cruz has given us an exotic, beautifully written, if a little plot heavy, slice of Chekhovian drama sprinkled with some magical realism. As a descendent of the cacique, or chief Indian, who “used to translate the words of the deities,” the lector reads these words aloud from literary classics such as Anna Karenina, educating and informing the oidores, or listeners,” who toil in the factory.

Ofelia then engages Juan Julian in a conversation about how the landscape and climate in Tampa differs from that in Cuba. Pulitzer Prize for Drama He is a native of Spain, which once colonized and governed Cuba. Palomo thinks that “Money can buy everything,” but Conchita says that money can’t buy the places she occupies within her imagination. Mar 04, Peter Orvetti rated it liked it.

He is in love with Kitty. The sky seems bigger, and there is more light. Meanwhile, Conchita is rolling cigars at her table when Palomo enters and asks her what time she meets her lover.

National Parks Service, “Ybor City: Anna in the Tropics was widely regarded as a “long shot” for the Pulitzer Prize for Dramamainly because it had not been seen in New York City. Ofelia is Santiago’s wife and Marela and Conchita’s mother.

Anna in the Tropics – Nilo Cruz

The men exit, and the women pore over some of the more passionate lines from the book. As Juan Julian reads, the hot, humid Florida summer starts to resemble the cold Russian winter of the story. Anna Karenina is the eponymous heroine of a novel by Leo Tolstoy. In an interview, Cruz explains the redemptive power tue culture in Anna in the Tropics when he says that the play is about “the need for culture, the need for literature.


Retrieved from ” https: I have to admit that a great deal of my fondness for this play comes from my intimate knowledge of its context. They choose a democratic process to decide an argument, and they would certainly have abided by the decision if the outcome had been different. Paperback2nd Edition85 pages. They employ reason and sound judgment when making their decisions even though they know that their decision goes against the current trend.

When Palomo asks the lector which character in the novel he identifies with most, Juan Julian replies, “I like them all. Anna In The Tropics is set in in a Cuban-American cigar factory where cigars are still rolled by hand and “lectors” are employed to educate and entertain the workers.

Marela, however, has eyes only for Juan Julian, the man who inspired her transformation by reading from the pages of Anna Karenina. Levin is a wise and judicious man who makes sound business decisions.

Cruz shows how the presence of a lector would boost worker bh as they listened to the story to break the monotony of worker. When he finally realizes that his wife is having an tropocs, he struggles with how he should comport himself, for he wishes to avoid a scandal at all costs. She casts a spell to bring the lector to the factory, but then wets herself when she discovers that the spell has worked all too well.

The play is set in Ybor Citya section of Tampa and the center of the cigar industry. Nilo Cruz first intended to set his play Anna in the Tropics in the s, a time when lectors readers played an important role in cigar factories.

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Cruz’s play is a play for voices; it highlights the transformative powers of literature on the human mind and soul, and the unstoppable nature of progress in both people and business.

According to custom, the cigar must not be passed directly to the smoker but through an intermediary, so as to ” facilitate communication with the gods ” Cruz’s italics. Inthe family took a Freedom Flight to the United States, but his parents later divorced. Until the last scene. I thought it was important to document this part of our culture,” says Cruz also quoted in Kiger.

Anders, Gigi, “Work and All Play: Kitty forms part of the second love triangle in Anna Karenina. This single gesture not only disrupts the triangular relationship among characters but forces the two men to confront each other as rivals. The boy said that he would be too embarrassed to dig a hole in front of everyone in the park, so Conchita took her braid back from him and buried it herself.


In Anna in the TropicsCruz claims his place as a storyteller of intricate craftsmanship and poetic power. As beautifully written as this script is, at times, it seems too calculated, too perfect.

Not only is the context a dangerous This play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and it was a well-deserved win. Nilo Cruz has an exceptional way of painting a picture with his words. A beautifully written play. She is the object of Levin’s desire. They explain everything that you need to know to understand the play, but if you know more than just what they tell you, you will have a deeper understanding of what exactly the relationships of the people are paralleling from Anna Karenina.

Anna in the Tropics

Anna in the Tropics is one of only two plays to win the Pulitzer Prize without first having a production in New York and when the play did make it to Broadway, it only managed a three-month hhe with mixed reviews. Cigar Capital of the World,” http: We are seeing a small part of the Cuban-American society of Tampa during the time close to the Great Depression. Wearing the coat seems inexplicable to those who assemble for the final reading, yet to Marela’s devastated mind and spirit this act makes perfect sense.

Conchita asks Palomo if he has ever heard the voice of a deaf person because this raw, untempered voice is the tropica she wants to use to tell him about her nipo for him.

Little moments I could save in a jar and keep forever, like now talking to you Anna In The Tropics is set in a particularly combustible context and the author does a good job of showing it.