Mona and Other Tales (Google eBook)
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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
What people are saying - Write a review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - snash - LibraryThing
I am sure Reinaldo Arenas is an excellent author and these were good stories but they were too confusing, or too frantic and hysterical, or too fanciful to be my favorites. Admittedly, the story, Mona ... Read full review
Review: Mona and Other TalesUser Review - Jarod Roselló - 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