Before Night Falls

By: Arenas, Reinaldo

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The shocking memoir by visionary Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas "is a book above all about being free," said The New York Review of Books--sexually, politically, artistically. Arenas recounts a stunning odyssey from his poverty-stricken childhood in rural Cuba and his adolescence as a rebel fighting for Castro, through his supression as a writer, imprisonment as a homosexual, his flight from Cuba via the Mariel boat lift, and his subsequent life and the events leading to his death in New York. In what The Miami Herald calls his "deathbed ode to eroticism," Arenas breaks through the code of secrecy and silence that protects the privileged in a state where homosexuality is a political crime. Recorded in simple, straightforward prose, this is the true story of the Kafkaesque life and world re-created in the author's acclaimed novels.

Title: Before Night Falls

Author Name: Arenas, Reinaldo

Categories: Gay/Lesbian, Politics,

Edition: 5th Paperback Printing.

Publisher: NY, Penguin Group: 1994

ISBN Number: 0140157654

ISBN Number 13: 9780140157659

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition: Near Fine

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Type: Book

Seller ID: 005897

Description: 317 pp. Close to new, no markings, spine uncreased, light toning. With movie promotional bookmark laid in. Translated by Dolores M. Koch. A vivid, emotional memoir of a gay writer's life in Cuba. Arenas recounts how Castro first inspired him and other young gays, but then Castro's secret police and informers ended up putting many gays, including Arenas, in prison. Cover shows actor Javier Bardem playing Arena in the film version of the memoir. Size: 8vo -- 7.75 In Tall