Mona and other tales
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.
Translated from the Spanish by Dolores Koch.
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Review: Mona and Other TalesUser Review - Jarod Rosello - Goodreads
A strange mixture of stories. Some great, some not so great. "The Parade Begins", "The Parade Ends", and "End of a Story" are three of the best stories I've ever read, though. Brilliant, beautiful prose. Read full review
Review: Mona and Other TalesUser Review - David Massengill - Goodreads
Arenas' inspiringly inventive collection of 14 short stories and one essay, many of which appear for the first time in English. The most inventive of these stories achieve a kind of contained ... Read full review
The Glass Tower
With My Eyes Closed
The Parade Begins
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