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Before Night Falls Hardcover – 28 Jul 1994
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One of the most shattering testimonials ever written on the subject of oppression and defiance (Mario Vargas Llosa)
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 (Robert Gonzalez Echevarria)
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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The heartbreaking memoir of artistic, sexual and political freedom in Castro's Cuba, with a new foreword by Garth Greenwell --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product description
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Areinas is born to a single mother in a large but not entirely fulfilled extended family, lives initially under Batista, plays some small part in the revolution, lives under Cuba, explores his sexuality, expresses his artistic drive - against the grain of the society in which he lives, is arrested and serves time in various prisons, is released (the story palls just a little at this point), leaves Cuba (the most dramatic episode of the book), lives in the US and dies of AIDS.
Areinas' life is remarkable: it is entirely self-created, not the product of family, society (Cuban or Western - he is as accurate a critic of Western values and lifestyles as he is of Cuba, while remaining clear where both rank in scheme of values) or any form of political creed. His character too is remarkable - though he attempts suicide a couple of times, it's with good reason. He retains optimism and belief in a better world and maintains some remarkable personal friendships across time.
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