Singing from the Well
By (author) Reinaldo Arenas
Singing from the Well by Reinaldo Arenas
Book DescriptionHis mother talks piously of the heaven that awaits the good, and disciplines him with an ox prod. His grandmother burns his precious crosses for kindling. His cousins meet to plot their grandfather's death. Yet in the hills surrounding his home, another reality exists, a place where his mother wears flowers in her hair, and his cousin Celestino, a poet who inscribes verse on the trunks of trees, understands his visions.The first novel inReinaldo Arenas's "secret history of Cuba," a quintet he called the Pentagonia, Singing from the Well is by turns explosively crude and breathtakingly lyrical. In the end, it is a stunning depiction of a childhood besieged by horror--and a moving defense of liberty and the imagination in a world of barbarity, persecution, and ignorance."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140094442
(200mm x 127mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Penguin Books Australia
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Publish Date: 23-May-1995
Country of Publication: Australia
Books By Author Reinaldo Arenas
Mona and Other Tales, Paperback (September 2001)
Includes the stories of a young boy who recognizes evil for the first time, a writer struggling to balance the demands of creativity and fame, and common people coping with the changes of exile and revolution.
Before Night Falls, Paperback (June 2001)
A memoir that recounts the author's journey from a poverty-stricken childhood in rural Cuba to his death in New York four decades later. It tells of his odyssey from young rebel fighting for the Revolution, through his suppression as a writer, his disillusionment with Castro, his imprisonment and torture, to his eventual flight from Cuba.
Old Rosa, Paperback (September 1994)
A terrifying and beautiful novel, Old Rosa is composed of two stories that converge on a single charged point in the lives of a Cuban mother and son. In the first, the mother finds her son in bed with another boy; in the second, the son is imprisoned in one of Castro's camps for homosexuals.
Doorman, Paperback (September 1994)» View all books by Reinaldo Arenas
Arenas's first work set in the United States breaks new ground with the story of a young Cuban refugee who becomes a doorman at a luxury apartment building. Oddly alienated from the tenants, he is seduced by their pets, who are determined to revolt against humans and human society.
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Author Biography - Reinaldo Arenas
Reinaldo Arenas was born in Cuba in 1943. In 1980, he was one of 120,000 Cubans who arrived in the United States on the Mariel boatlift. Arenas settled in New York where he lived until his death from AIDS ten years later.Thomas Colchie is an acclaimed translator, editor, and literary agent for international authors. He is the editor of A Hammock Beneath the Mangoes. He has written for the Village Voice and The Washington Post. His translations include Manuel Puig's Kiss of the Spider Woman and (with Elizabeth Bishop, Gregory Rabassa, and Mark Strand) Carlos Drummond de Andrade's Travelling in the Family.Andrew Hurley is a translator of numerous works of literature, criticism, history, and memoir. He is professor emeritus at the University of Puerto Rico.
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