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Reinaldo Arenas

Reinaldo Arenas was born in Cuba in 1943. 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.

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The Assault
Written by Reinaldo Arenas, Translated by Andrew Hurley, Introduction by Thomas Colchie
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | June 1995
$15.00/17.50(Canada) | 978-0-14-015718-5 (0-14-015718-2)

In this, the final volume in the series of five novels that constitute his "secret history of Cuba", Reinaldo Arenas paints a harrowing, and at times boldly entertaining, Kafka-esque picture of a dehumanized people living in a world where homosexuality is a crime punishable by death and a cockroach hunt makes... Read more






Before Night Falls
Written by Reinaldo Arenas, Translated by Dolores M. Koch
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | October 1994
$17.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-015765-9 (0-14-015765-4)

The shocking 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... Read more






The Color of Summer
Written by Reinaldo Arenas, Translated by Andrew Hurley, Introduction by Thomas Colchie
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | June 2001
$24.00/28.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-015719-2 (0-14-015719-0)

Critics worldwide have praised Reinaldo Arenas's writing. His extraordinary memoir, Before Night Falls, was named one of the fourteen "Best Books of 1993" by the editors of The New York Times Book Review and has now been made into a major motion picture.

The Color of Summer, Arenas's finest comic achievement, is... Read more






Farewell to the Sea
Written by Reinaldo Arenas, Translated by Andrew Hurley, Introduction by Thomas Colchie
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | July 1987
$18.00/20.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-006636-4 (0-14-006636-5)

In this brilliant, apocalyptic vision of Castro's Cuba, we meet a young couple who leave the dreariness of Havana and spend six days at a small seaside retreat, where they hope to recapture the desire and carefree spirit that once united them. In a stunning juxtaposition of narrative voices, the wife... Read more






Hallucinations
Written by Reinaldo Arenas, Translated by Andrew Hurley, Introduction by Thomas Colchie
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | December 2001
$19.00/23.50(Canada) | 978-0-14-200019-9 (0-14-200019-1)

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Mona and Other Tales
Written by Reinaldo Arenas, Translated by Dolores M. Koch
Vintage | Trade Paperback | September 2001
$15.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-72730-6 (0-375-72730-2)

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... Read more






Singing from the Well
Written by Reinaldo Arenas, Translated by Andrew Hurley, Introduction by Thomas Colchie
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | June 1988
$16.00/20.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-009444-2 (0-14-009444-X)

His mother talks piously of the heaven that awaits the good, and disciplines him with an ox prod. His grandmother burns his precious crosses for kindling. His cousins meet to plot their grandfather's death. Yet in the hills surrounding his home, another reality exists, a place where his mother wears flowers... Read more





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