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Reinaldo Arenas was born to a poverty-stricken family in rural Cuba. By the time of his death in New York four decades later, he had become one of Cuba's most important poets, an outspoken critic of Castro's regime and one of the leading gay voices of the twentieth century.
In Before Night Falls , Arenas tells of his odyssey from young rebel fighting for the Revolution, through his suppression as a writer, his disillusionment with Castro, his imprisonment and torture, to his eventual exile from Cuba to New York, where in 1987 he was diagnosed with AIDS. He committed suicide in 1990, ending…mehr

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Reinaldo Arenas was born to a poverty-stricken family in rural Cuba. By the time of his death in New York four decades later, he had become one of Cuba's most important poets, an outspoken critic of Castro's regime and one of the leading gay voices of the twentieth century.

In Before Night Falls, Arenas tells of his odyssey from young rebel fighting for the Revolution, through his suppression as a writer, his disillusionment with Castro, his imprisonment and torture, to his eventual exile from Cuba to New York, where in 1987 he was diagnosed with AIDS. He committed suicide in 1990, ending a life of constant struggle against repression. In a farewell note, Arenas wrote:

Due to my delicate state of health and to the terrible depression that causes me not to be able to continue writing and struggling for the freedom of Cuba, I am ending my life ...

I do not want to convey to you a message of defeat, but of continued struggle and hope.

Cuba will be free. I already am.

(signed)

Reinaldo Arenas



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  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Profile
  • Erscheinungstermin: 9. Dezember 2010
  • Englisch
  • ISBN-13: 9781847651693
  • Artikelnr.: 38459829
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