Seva (Puerto Rico)
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"Seva" is considered to be one of the most important short stories ever published in Puerto Rico. It has sold many editions and is studied in many schools around the country. There are extensive critical studies about this town and book, mostly in Spanish.
Origin of the name
In various interviews, Luis López Nieves has explained that he wanted to invent a town with a name similar to "Ceiba", a real Puerto Rican town. Therefore, he changed the "C" into an "S", eliminated the "I", and transformed the "B" into "V". The result was the name of his fictional town: "Seva".
The date of the foundation of the fictitious town of Seva is unknown, but the town's demise on August 1898 is amply documented in the book Seva, by Luis López Nieves. The author uses as a historical backdrop the Hispanic-American War. In the story the invasion of Puerto Rico begins on May 5, 1898 when the US Army disembarks on the beaches of the small town of Seva. The residents mount a ferocious opposition and stop the Army at the beach until August 6, 1898, when they are surrounded by additional army reinforcements that had landed on the southwestern coast of the island. On August 10, 1898 the US Army shoots the 720 citizens of Seva that are captured in the final battle.
- Seva, the book that recounts the Massacre of Seva.
- Ciudad Seva, home page of the author of "Seva".
- Time for a "Re-View" of a Great Literary Event, article in English by Dr. Estelle Irizarry of Georgetown University.
- Review of Seva in Críticas Magazine, New York, in English.
- Bibliography about Luis López Nieves in English.