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Translated from the Spanish by Dolores Koch.
Mona and Other Tales covers Reinaldo Arenas's entire career: his recently rediscovered debut (which got him a job at the Biblioteca Nacional in Havana), stories written in a political prison, and some of his last works, written in exile. Many of the stories have not previously appeared in English.
Here is the tender story of a boy who recognizes evil for the first time and decides to ignore it; the tale of a writer struggling between the demands of creativity and of fame; common people dealing with changes brought about by revolution and exile; a romp with a famous, dangerous woman in the Metropolitan Museum; an outrageous fantasy that picks up where Garcia Lorca's famous play The House of Bernardo Alba ends. Told with Arenas's famous wit and humanity, Mona makes a perfect introduction to this important writer.
“A remarkable writer as much for his talent as for his intellectual dignity. I am his reader and his admirer.” –Octavio Paz
“One of the few truly great writers to come out of Latin America in this century.” –Chicago Tribune
“Reading Arenas is like witnessing a bare consciousness in the process of assimilating the most universal, but powerful, human experiences and turning them into literature.” –The New York Times Book Review
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Essay: The Joyful Sixties in Latin American Literature
The Empty Shoes
The Glass Tower
With My Eyes Closed
The Great Force
The Parade Begins
In the Shade of the Almond Tree
Something Is Happening on the Top Floor
The Parade Ends
End of a Story