Before Night Falls

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Viking, 1993 - Biography & Autobiography - 317 pages
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The shocking personal and political memoir of one of the most visionary writers to emerge from Castro's Cuba. This explosive story names names and breaks through the code of secrecy and silence that protects the privileged in a state where homosexuality is a political crime punishable by imprisonment.

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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



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About the author (1993)

The novel The Ill-fated Peregrinations of Fray Servando recreates in a poetic style, in which time, space, and character move on multiple planes of fantasy and reality, the life of Fray Servando Teresa de Mier, a Mexican priest famous for his hatred of the Spaniards. Mier denied even that the Spaniards had brought Christianity to the New World. Arenas begins with a letter to the friar: "Ever since I discovered you in an execrable history of Spanish literature, described as the friar who had traveled over the whole of Europe on foot having improbable adventures; I have tried to find out more about you." In a meditation on the nature of fiction, Arenas discovers that he and Servando are the same person, and author and character become one.

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