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Before Night Falls
Reinaldo Arenas
0140157654
October 1994
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From Publishers Weekly
In this powerful memoir of passions both personal and political, Cuban author Arenas ( Hallucinations ) describes his voyage from peasant poverty to his oppression as a dissident writer and homosexual. His voracious sexuality pervades the book (numerous encounters are described), and Arenas suggests that the gay worldis instinctually non-monogamous, though he was celibate in the "monstrosity" of prison. The young Arenas, in the early days of Fidel Castro's revolution, gained his literary education working at the National Library; he then joined a fervent literary cricle. The Castro regime, however, banned his first novel, The Ill-Fated Peregrinations of Fray Servando , and Arenas had to evade security police to smuggle manuscripts abroad for publication. Protesting Castro's support of the Soviet invasion of...


Farewell to the Sea
Reinaldo Arenas
0140066365
July 1987
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From Publishers Weekly
This story of despair in Castro's Cuba is told through the voices of Hector, a disenchanted revolutionary and poet, and his nameless wife. PW commented: "Nightmarish, at times an impenetrable tangle of myth and dreams, this is a horrifying descripton of life in Cuba today." Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
Arenas, expelled from Cuba in 1980, has written a splenetic indictment of totalitarianism in general and his native country in particular. The novel's first part, an interior monologue, represents the memories and fantasies of a woman on vacation with her husband and infant son. Trapped in a repressive country, saddled with an uncommunicative husband and a child she feels no bond to, she is suicidally obsessed with the idea of escape....


The Aleph and Other Stories
Jorge Luis Borges
0142437883
July 2004
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John Updike
He has lifted fiction away from the flat earth where most of our novels and short stories still take place.

Book Description
Full of philosophical puzzles and supernatural surprises, these stories contain some of Borges’s most fully realized human characters. With uncanny insight he takes us inside the minds of an unrepentant Nazi, an imprisoned Mayan priest, fanatical Christian theologians, a woman plotting vengeance on her father’s "killer," and a man awaiting his assassin in a Buenos Aires guest house. This volume also contains the hauntingly brief vignettes about literary imagination and personal identity collected in The Maker, which Borges wrote as failing eyesight and public fame began to undermine his sense of self.

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Cuba's Political and Sexual Outlaw: Reinaldo Arenas
Rafael Ocasio
0813026725
December 2003
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The Palace of the White Skunks
Reinaldo Arenas
0140097929
Aug 1993
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From Publishers Weekly
Arenas's ( Singing from the Well ) stunning novel, set during the Cuban revolution, begins with the ominous figure of Death sitting in the yard of an impoverished rural family, spinning a bicycle wheel. In the course of the novel, God will make an appearance, as do familial ghosts, their presences in this stylistically rich, surrealistic narrative as important as those of any of the living participants. The life and death of young Fortunato, who joins the rebels and is tortured and executed by government forces, is told by a cacophony of voices, including those of his eccentric aunt, tyrannical grandfather, mischievous cousins and his own often anguished self. Fortunato, we learn, was raised almost as an orphan: his mother emigrated to North America; his father was unknown. His childhood, spent on a farm in the...


Reinaldo Arenas: Una Apreciaci¿n Pol¿tica
Adolfo Cacheiro
1573093912
February 2000
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Book Description
This monograph investigates the political dimension of Reinaldo Arenas' writing. The usual approach to Arenas' fiction is to see it as escapist fantasy that compensates for the harshness of an oppressive existence. The author questions the usual assumptions about this great Latin American writer and investigates Arenas' political and social vision for the Caribbean as well as Latin America. (Text in Spanish)

Language Notes
Text: Spanish


Mona and Other Tales
Reinaldo Arenas
0375727302
September 2001
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From Library Journal
Buoyed by the recent surge of interest in Cuban culture, the energetic work of dissident Cuban writer Arenas (1943-90) has finally penetrated the consciousness of North American readers. Arenas's bracing memoir, Before Night Falls, ranks among the great testimonials to the power of the imagination in the face of state repression. This volume gathers stories (and one essay) that are available in English for the first time and span the range of Arenas's career. Several pieces burst with his enormously brave and productive defiance of any form of thought control, be it political repression or aesthetic convention. The title story is a late 20th-century allegory of exile and belonging reminiscent of Poe and de Sade, while "End of a Story" is a moving and yet spirited elegy to a love lost to suicide and a...


The Color of Summer
Reinaldo Arenas
0140157190
June 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
Reinaldo Arenas was the cursed visionary of late 20th-century Cuban literature, imprisoned by Castro and shunned by pro-Cuba leftist intellectuals in this country after he came over in the Mariel boatlift. His open queerness shocked his contemporaries. This novel is the fourth in a cycle of five novels, dubbed the Pentagonia (the fifth in the series, The Assault, was published in 1994). It operates on a number of levels, like a noisy and particularly chaotic party. The most straightforward segment of the plot concerns the tyrant Fifo's 50th-anniversary celebration. It is typical of the grandiose, bloated Fifo that it is actually the 40th anniversary of the revolutionAFifo even lies about arithmetic. The island over which Fifo presides is a vast, groaning prison, dotted by real prisons, like El Morro, where Arenas...


Singing from the Well
Reinaldo Arenas
014009444X
June 1988
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From Publishers Weekly
A child's strange, grotesque fantasies and visions are the subject of this novel by Cuban writer Arenas, the first in a five-part series that includes Farewell to the Sea. Lacking a story line, chronology and clear delineation of character, "this is a book for special tastes," remarked PW. Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Book Description
This first novel in Arenas's "secret history of Cuba"-- a quintet he called the Pentagonia--is a powerful story of growing up in a world where nightmare has become reality, and fantasy provides the only escape.

"One of the most beautiful novels ever written about childhood, adolescence, and life in Cuba." --Carlos Fuentes

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Cartograf¿as Literarias Del Exilio: Tres Po¿Ticas Hispanoamericanas
Jose Ismael Gutierrez
0773462252
January 2004
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Hallucinations, Or, the Ill-Fated Peregrinations of Fray Servando /
Reinaldo Arenas
0142000191
Dec 2001
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Book Description
In the brilliant tradition of Don Quixote and Candide, Hallucinations is a modern masterpiece of Latin American fiction. Fray Servando-priest, blasphemer, dueler of monsters, irresistible lover, misunderstood prophet, prisoner, and consummate escape artist-wanders among the vice-ridden populations of eighteenth-century Europe and the Americas, fleeing dungeons, a marriage-minded female, a slaveship captain, and the Inquisition. Whether by burro, by boat, or by the back of a whale, Fray Servando's journey is at once funny and romantic, melancholy and profound-a tale rooted in history, yet outrageously hallucinatory.

"An impenitent amalgam of truth and invention, historical fact and outrageous make-believe. . . . A philosophical black comedy." (The New York Times)


Herencia: The Anthology of Hispanic Literature of the United States
Nicolas Kanellos (Editor)
0195138252
February 2002
Textbook Paperback
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From Library Journal
Ten years in the making, this anthology is an unprecedented collection of writing in North America from the age of the Spanish explorers in the 16th century to the present. Kanellos is most famous for founding Arte P#blico Press, the oldest Hispanic publishing house in the United States. As he states in his lengthy introduction, while most people think American letters began with the English Colonies, Spanish had been spoken and written in North America since the early 1500s. From the writings of explorers like Alvar N#$ez Cabeza de Vaca, who wandered from Florida to the Southwest for eight years, to the early political defense of Hispanic culture in 19th-century Texas, to the classic verse of the Nuyorican poets of urban postwar America, Herencia comprehensively collects an underacknowledged...


The Assault
Reinaldo Arenas
0140157182
June 1995
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From Publishers Weekly
Arenas's latest novel follows a Cuban federal agent whose hatred of Castro's government reflects the state of affairs in the author's homeland. Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
This is the final volume of what the author called his agony in five parts, or pentagony, which begins with Singing in the Well (LJ 7/87). Boatlifted from Cuba in 1980, Arenas settled in New York, where he felt frustrated by America's diehard Castro supporters, contracted AIDS, and committed suicide. Here he takes deadly aim at Cuba's glorious "represident," in whose service the narrator rounds up dissidents and deviants to be juiced for patriotic irrigation. People are nameless insects who aspire to "disacquaintance" with their neighbors. The narrator is obsessed...


The Postmodern Poetic Narrative of Cuban Writer Reinaldo Arenas/ La Narrativa Postmoderna Del Escritor Cubano Reinaldo Arenas (1943-1990)
Ileana C. Zendegui
0773464344
Oct 2004
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LA Satira, LA Ironia, Y El Carnaval Literario En Leprosorio (Trilogia Poetica) De Reinaldo Arenas
Rafael Bordao
0773471774
June 2002
(Hardcover) - Spanish
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El asalto (The Assault)
Reinaldo Arenas
089729596X
September 1990
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Language Notes
Text: Spanish

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