The Color of Summer: or The New Garden of Earthly Delights (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jun 1, 2001 - Fiction - 496 pages
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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 also the fulfillment of his life's work, the Pentagonía, a five-volume cycle of novels he began writing in his early twenties. Although it is the penultimate installment in his "secret history of Cuba," it was, in fact, the last book Arenas wrote before his death in 1990. A Rabelaisian tale of survival by wits and wit, The Color of Summer is ultimately a powerful and passionate story about the triumph of the human spirit over the forces of political and sexual repression.
  

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Review: The Color of Summer: or The New Garden of Earthly Delights

User Review  - Kim - Goodreads

The writing is this book is stunningly beautiful and so,so funny. However, I do recommend that you read Before Night Falls first because you will get all of the references and understand the humor. I ... Read full review

Review: The Color of Summer: or The New Garden of Earthly Delights

User Review  - mazal bohbot berrie - Goodreads

Reinaldo Areanas, you will always be known to me as the first love of my adult life. So it is with sadness that I put you away, for now, unfinished. As far as I'm concerned in your brutal life, lived ... Read full review

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
THE FLIGHT OF GERTRUDIS GÓMEZ DE AVELLANEDA
A TONGUE TWISTER 1
HM TOP SEEKING SAME   
IN THE MONSTER MENS ROOM
A TONGUE TWISTER 2
PAINTING
THE SEVEN MAJOR CATEGORIES OF QUEENHOOD
STOOL PIGEONS
FOREWORD
A TONGUE TWISTER 13
THE CONDESA DE MERLÍN
IMPOSSIBLE DREAMS
AT THE EXIT TO EL MORRO CASTLE
FAREWELL TO THE SEA
JOSÉ LEZAMA LIMAS LECTURE

FAIRIES ON THE BEACH
A PRAYER
A LETTER
A WALKING TOUR THROUGH OLD HAVANA IN THE COMPANY OF ALEJO SHOLEKHOV
BUSES OR TURTLES?
OSCAR FLIES BY NIGHT
A JOURNEY TO HOLGUÍN
A JOURNEY TO THE MOON
A TONGUE TWISTER 3
BEFORE UNDERTAKING A LONG JOURNEY
HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE A FAIRY SPURNED
A JOURNEY BY TRAIN
THE STORY
A TONGUE TWISTER 4
VIRGILIO PIÑERA READS HIS EVANESCENT POEMS
FOR BOSCH SHE NOSHES
SOME UNSETTLING QUESTIONS
A TONGUE TWISTER 5
IN THE MONSTER MENS ROOM
A TOUR OF INSPECTION
ROSAS LITTLE PINK SLIPPERS THE MAGIC RING AND THE SEVENLEAGUE SWIM FINS
THE STORY
A TONGUE TWISTER 6
A LETTER
MEDICINAL IMMERSIONS
A TONGUE TWISTER 7
THE PARTY BEGINS
THE LOCK QUEEN
A TONGUE TWISTER 8
NOUVEAUX PENSÉES DE PASCALOU PENSÉES DENFER
THE SUPERSKEWER
THE THREE WEIRD SISTERS PLUS ONE
THE GUEST IN DISTRESS
THE DEATH OF LEZAMA
A TONGUE TWISTER 9
ST NELLY
THE STORY
A TONGUE TWISTER 10
THE FOUR MAJOR CATEGORIES OF TOPS
A DYING MOTHER
CRUCIFUCKINGFIXION
THE ANGLOCAMPESINA
THE KEY TO THE GULF
THE ELECTRIC VENUS
COCO SALAS SECRET
A TONGUE TWISTER 11
THE SEVEN WONDERS OFCUBAN SOCIALISM
IN THE LIBRARY
A CLARIFICATION BY THETHREE WEIRD SISTERS
A SCREAM IN THE NIGHTTHOUGH IT WAS BRIGHT AS DAY
A TONGUE TWISTER 12
A TONGUE TWISTER 14
A LETTER
THE AREOPAGITE
A TONGUE TWISTER 15
FORBIDDEN COSTUMES
THE AREOPAGITES STORY
A TONGUE TWISTER 16
A FUGITIVES TOCCATA AND FUGUE
A JOURNEY TO THE MOON
A TONGUE TWISTER 17
MONKEYSHINES
IN EL MORRO CASTLE
THE STORY
A TONGUE TWISTER 18
THE CONFESSION OF H PUNTILLA
SKUNK IN A FUNK
A TONGUE TWISTER 19
THAT EARTHSHAKING COUPLING
A TONGUE TWISTER 20
A LETTER
THE DEATH OF VIRGILIO PIÑERA
A TONGUE TWISTER 21
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF YOUNG TEODORO TAMPON
A TONGUE TWISTER 22
A PORTRAIT OF LUISA PÉREZ DE ZAMBRANA
A TONGUE TWISTER 23
CLARAS HOLE
A TONGUE TWISTER 24
THE GRAND ONEIRICAL THEOLOGICAL POLITICAL PHILOSOPHICAL SATIRICAL CONFERENCE
A PRAYER
A TONGUE TWISTER 25
THE GARDEN OF COMPUTERS
A TONGUE TWISTER 26
ASSWIGGLING ANDBACKSIDESWINGING
A TONGUE TWISTER 27
THE DUAL NATURE OF THEGENIUS TYRANT
IN THE MONSTER MENS ROOM
A TONGUE TWISTER 28
THE LADY OF THE VEIL
ASSWIGGLING
A TONGUE TWISTER 29
THE ELEVATION OF THE HOLY HAMMER
THE BURIAL OF VIRGILIO PIÑERA
THE DEPARTURE
A TONGUE TWISTER THE LAST ONE
CLARA IN FLAMES
PANDEMONIUM
MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE
THE STORY
AFTERWORD
Copyright

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About the author (2001)

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.
Andrew Hurley is a translator of numerous works of literature, criticism, history, and memoir. He is professor emeritus at the University of Puerto Rico.

Thomas Colchie is an acclaimed translator, editor, and literary agent for international authors. He is the editor of A Hammock Beneath the Mangoes. He has written for the Village Voice and The Washington Post. His translations include Manuel Puig's Kiss of the Spider Woman and (with Elizabeth Bishop, Gregory Rabassa, and Mark Strand) Carlos Drummond de Andrade's Travelling in the Family.

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.
Andrew Hurley is a translator of numerous works of literature, criticism, history, and memoir. He is professor emeritus at the University of Puerto Rico.

Thomas Colchie is an acclaimed translator, editor, and literary agent for international authors. He is the editor of A Hammock Beneath the Mangoes. He has written for the Village Voice and The Washington Post. His translations include Manuel Puig's Kiss of the Spider Woman and (with Elizabeth Bishop, Gregory Rabassa, and Mark Strand) Carlos Drummond de Andrade's Travelling in the Family.

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.
Andrew Hurley is a translator of numerous works of literature, criticism, history, and memoir. He is professor emeritus at the University of Puerto Rico.

Thomas Colchie is an acclaimed translator, editor, and literary agent for international authors. He is the editor of A Hammock Beneath the Mangoes. He has written for the Village Voice and The Washington Post. His translations include Manuel Puig's Kiss of the Spider Woman and (with Elizabeth Bishop, Gregory Rabassa, and Mark Strand) Carlos Drummond de Andrade's Travelling in the Family.

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