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Before Night Falls

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Before Night Falls by Reinaldo Arenas
Paperback $18.00
Oct 01, 1994 | ISBN 9780140157659

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Praise

“Dolores Koch’s translation is a great achievement. She is not only accurate and faithful to the original but she even captures Arenas’s flashes of lyricism and melancholy…Reading Arenas is like witnessing a bare consciousness in the process of assimilating the most universal, but powerful, human experiences and turning them into literature. Because of this, “Before Night Falls” is crucial to understanding his works. But, more important, it is a record of human cruelty and the toils of one individual to survive them.” — The New York Times 

“One of the most shattering testimonials ever written on the subject of oppression and defiance”– Mario Vargas Llosa

“Any attempt to reckon with Cuba’s torturous twentieth century will have to take into account Arenas’s monumental work … an essential human testimony, joyful and enraged, a triumph of conscience.” — Garth Greenwell

“A document of a particular and disturbing honesty by one of the truly great writers to come out of Latin America.” ― Chicago Tribune

“One of the most searing satirical writers of the 20th century, a worthy successor to Aristophanes and Swift.” — Jaime Manrique ― Village Voice


“In this powerful memoir of passions both personal and political, Cuban author Arenas describes his voyage from peasant poverty to his oppression as a dissident writer and homosexual.” — Publishers Weekly


“A last testament that resonates with passion for the freedom of the human spirit and for the author’s beloved Cuba: a distinguished addition to the literature of dissent and exile.” — Kirkus Reviews

Table Of Contents

Before Night Falls – Reinaldo Arenas Introduction: The End
The Stones
The Grove
The River
School
The Temple of the Spirits
The Well
Christmas Eve
The Harvest
The Downpour
The Spectacle
Eroticism
Violence
The Morning Fog
The Night, My Grandmother
The Earth
The Sea
Politics
Holguíin
The Rub Pub
Christmas
Rebel
The Revolution
A Student
Havana
Fidel Castro
Hymns
The Fire
Theatrics and the Chicken Farm
Raúl
Good-bye to the Chicken Farm
The Library
The Cuban Book Institute
The Four Categories of Gays
Virgilio Piñra
Lezama Lima
My Generation
A Trip
Eroticism
Jorge and Margarita
Santa Marcia [Saint Queer]
The Abreu Brothers
Super-Stalinism
The Sugar Mill
Olga Andreu
The Padilla “Case”
A Trip to Holguíin
Nelson Rodríguez
The Wedding
The Arrest
The Flight
The Capture
Prison
Villa Marista
Again at El Morro
An “Open” Jail
Out on the Street
The Monserrate Hotel
Good-Bye to Virgilio
Mariel
Key West
Miami
Exile
Witches
Mariel Magazine
Travels
Madness
The Eviction
The Announcement
Dreams
Farewell

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