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University of Texas Press, 1988 - Fiction - 466 pages
"A classic of modern literature, Paradiso was first published in Cuba in 1966. Written by Cuba's most important poet, it tells the story of Jose Cemi, who, in the wake of his father's death, comes of age in turn-of-the-century Cuba. Weaving the exhilarations and defeats of love into extraordinarily erotic verbal tapestries, Lezama Lima narrates Cemi's search for his dead father and for an understanding of love and the powers of the mind."--Jacket.

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I've heard Paradiso being described as pure genius several times, but I just didn't see it. Apart from some beautiful turns of phrase, the prose is supremely turgid; apart from a few interesting situations, the thick shell of this tropical fruit hides a hollow core. Read full review


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Ernesto Livon-Grosman is Assistant Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Boston College. He is the translator of "Charles Olson: Poemas "(1997) and the editor of "The XUL Reader: An Anthology of Argentine Poetry "(1997). His most recent book is "Geografias imaginarias: El relato de viaje y la construccion del paisaje patagonico "(2003).

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