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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This celebrated Cuban writer ( The Doorman , LJ 5/15/91; Singing from the Well , LJ 7/87), a victim of AIDS, committed suicide in New York in 1990. His autobiographical memoir is a fascinating and ... Read full review

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While Arenas' memoir has the pretensions of being a heartbreaking literary account of life in Castro's Cuba for a homosexual writer, it is really a highly embellished narcissistic machismo fest in ... Read full review

Contents

THE GROVE
6
THE TEMPLE OF THE SPIRITS
13
VIOLENCE
20
THE NIGHT MY GRANDMOTHER
26
HOLGUíN
32
CHRISTMAS
38
THE REVOLUTION
47
RAUL
62
OLGA ANDREU
135
THE WEDDING
152
THE CAPTURE
175
VILLA MARISTA
201
AN OPEN JAIL
223
THE MONSERRATE HOTEL
239
GOODBYE TO VIRGILIO
277
KEY WEST
285

MARIEL 2
76
THE CUBAN BOOK INSTITUTE
77
A TRIP
91
JORGE AND MARGARITA
116
MARIEL MAGAZINE 2 98
298
11
311
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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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