The palace of the white skunks

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Viking, 1990 - Fiction - 356 pages
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In the wake of Castro's uprising, Fortunato leaves his ruined village in search of a better life only to become caught up in the bitter fires of revolution

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Review: The Palace of the White Skunks

User Review  - Chris Campanioni - Goodreads

One of the best books I've read in awhile--and also one of the most challenging. The comparisons to Faulkner are inevitable but Arenas is more experimental and at the same time, more accessible ... Read full review

Review: The Palace of the White Skunks

User Review  - Goodreads

One of the best books I've read in awhile--and also one of the most challenging. The comparisons to Faulkner are inevitable but Arenas is more experimental and at the same time, more accessible ... Read full review

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TS
17
The First Agony
35
The Second Agony
99
Copyright

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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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