Mona and Other Tales

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Fiction - 208 pages
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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.

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User 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

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User 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

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The Empty Shoes
With My Eyes Closed
The Parade Begins
In the Shade of the Almond Tree
The Parade Ends
Alipios Kingdom

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About the author (2007)

Reinaldo Arenas died in 1990.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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