The bulk of Sanchez's works have been published outside of Puerto Rico; nevertheless, he remains the island's most important contemporary author and one of its most controversial. In a key essay, he defends a "poetics of the filthy," by which he means everything that is authentic about Puerto Rican life but that is ignored or vilified by those who want to assimilate Puerto Rico into alienating North American society. His most famous novel, Macho Camacho's Beat , originally published in Argentina, is a scathing indictment of the senseless fragmentation of Puerto Rican life as seen in the urban setting of San Juan. Sanchez's irreverent comedy builds on the silly lyrics of a popular song the beat of the title , which he develops as a synthesis of life in a "country" that is neither independent nor really a significant part of American society.
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There he received his primary education. He enrolled in the University of Puerto Rico in after graduating from high school, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. It was during his days as a student at the university that he became interested in acting. The character of Antigona was based on the life of Olga Viscal Garriga —