Before Night Falls

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Profile Books, Dec 9, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 430 pages
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This shocking memoir by the Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas is a book about sexual, political and artistic freedom. In Before Night Falls, Arenas recounts his journey from a poverty-stricken childhood in rural Cuba to his death in New York four decades later. He 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 flight from Cuba. Now a feature film starring Javier Bardem and Johnny Depp, Before Night Falls is a stunning testament to an individual?s urge to create against all odds.
  

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Stunningly beautiful writing by a Cuban writer. - Goodreads
Arenas is hard to read. - Goodreads
A favorite - beautiful writing. - Goodreads
Beautiful writing - a view into Cuba. - Goodreads
He used his charm and writing to affect millions. - Goodreads
The writing gets much better as it progresses as well. - Goodreads

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SIX WORD REVIEW: Renegade Cuban writer kisses and tells. Read full review

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User Review  - Wynne Lee - Goodreads

Oddly compelling book. Utterly astonishing first-hand account of life in Fidel Castro's Cuba, by a very talented writer with unique voice. I picked it up after watching the movie version, intrigued to ... Read full review

Contents

THE GROVE
5
EROTICISM
18
HOLGUfN
32
THE REVOLUTION
45
A STUDENT
47
RAUL
62
THE CUBAN BOOK INSTITUTE
77
A TRIP
91
GOODBYE TO VIRGILIO
273
MARIEL
276
KEY WEST
285
MIAMI
287
EXILE
288
WITCHES
294
MARIEL MAGAZINE
298
TRAVELS
302

JORGE AND MARGARITA
116
OLGA ANDREU
134
NELSON RODRIGUEZ
147
THE CAPTURE
175
VILLA MARISTA
201
AN OPEN JAIL
217
THE MONSERRATE HOTEL
239
MADNESS
307
THE EVICTION
309
THE ANNOUNCEMENT
310
DREAMS
311
FAREWELL
317
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About the author (2010)

Reinaldo Arenas was born in Holguín, Cuba, in 1943. His first novel, Singing from the Well, was awarded First Mention in Cuba's Cirilo Villaverde National Competition. It was to be his only book published in his native country. Both as a homosexual and a writer, he found himself persecuted by the Cuban government, and had to smuggle his work out of the country for publication in France. He left Cuba in 1980 and settled in New York, where he died of AIDS in 1990. He is the author of over 20 books, including novels, short stories and poems.

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