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The acclaimed memoir of homosexual Cuban author Reinaldo Arenas chronicling his tumultuous yet luminary life, from his impoverished upbringing in Cuba to his imprisonment at the hands of a Communist regime, now a part of the Penguin Vitae series. A Penguin Classics Hardcover The astonishing memoir by visionary Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas "is a book above all about being free," said The New York Review of Books--sexually, politically, artistically. Arenas recounts a stunning odyssey from his poverty-stricken childhood in rural Cuba and his adolescence as a rebel fighting for Castro, through…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
The acclaimed memoir of homosexual Cuban author Reinaldo Arenas chronicling his tumultuous yet luminary life, from his impoverished upbringing in Cuba to his imprisonment at the hands of a Communist regime, now a part of the Penguin Vitae series. A Penguin Classics Hardcover The astonishing memoir by visionary Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas "is a book above all about being free," said The New York Review of Books--sexually, politically, artistically. Arenas recounts a stunning odyssey from his poverty-stricken childhood in rural Cuba and his adolescence as a rebel fighting for Castro, through his supression as a writer, imprisonment as a homosexual, his flight from Cuba via the Mariel boat lift, and his subsequent life and the events leading to his death in New York. In what The Miami Herald calls his "deathbed ode to eroticism," Arenas breaks through the code of secrecy and silence that protects the privileged in a state where homosexuality is a political crime. Recorded in simple, straightforward prose, this is the true story of the Kafkaesque life and world re-created in the author's acclaimed novels. Penguin Classics launches a new hardcover series with five American classics that are relevant and timeless in their power, and part of a dynamic and diverse landscape of classic fiction and nonfiction from almost seventy-five years of classics publishing. Penguin Vitae provides readers with beautifully designed classics that have shaped the course of their lives, and welcomes new readers to discover these literary gifts of personal inspiration, intellectual engagement, and creative originality.
  • Produktdetails
  • Penguin Vitae
  • Verlag: PENGUIN GROUP
  • Seitenzahl: 336
  • Erscheinungstermin: 25. Februar 2020
  • Englisch
  • ISBN-13: 9780143134848
  • ISBN-10: 0143134841
  • Artikelnr.: 57120894
Autorenporträt
Reinaldo Arenas was born in Cuba in 1943. In the 1970s, he was imprisoned multiple times for his openly homosexual lifestyle, which clashed with the beliefs of the Communist regime. Despite the hardships imposed during his imprisonment, Arenas produced a significant body of work, including his Pentagonia, a set of five novels written between the 1960s and 1980s that comprise a "secret history" of post-revolutionary Cuba: Singing from the Well, Farewell to the Sea, Palace of the White Skunks, Color of Summer, and The Assault. In 1980, he was one of 120,000 Cubans who arrived in the United States on the Mariel boatlift. Arenas settled in New York where he lived until his death from AIDS ten years later.
Inhaltsangabe
Before Night Falls - Reinaldo Arenas Introduction: The End
The Stones
The Grove
The River
School
The Temple of the Spirits
The Well
Christmas Eve
The Harvest
The Downpour
The Spectacle
Eroticism
Violence
The Morning Fog
The Night, My Grandmother
The Earth
The Sea
Politics
Holguíin
The Rub Pub
Christmas
Rebel
The Revolution
A Student
Havana
Fidel Castro
Hymns
The Fire
Theatrics and the Chicken Farm
Raúl
Good-bye to the Chicken Farm
The Library
The Cuban Book Institute
The Four Categories of Gays
Virgilio Piñra
Lezama Lima
My Generation
A Trip
Eroticism
Jorge and Margarita
Santa Marcia [Saint Queer]
The Abreu Brothers
Super-Stalinism
The Sugar Mill
Olga Andreu
The Padilla "Case"
A Trip to Holguíin
Nelson Rodríguez
The Wedding
The Arrest
The Flight
The Capture
Prison
Villa Marista
Again at El Morro
An "Open" Jail
Out on the Street
The Monserrate Hotel
Good-Bye to Virgilio
Mariel
Key West
Miami
Exile
Witches
Mariel Magazine
Travels
Madness
The Eviction
The Announcement
Dreams
Farewell