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Before night falls

Author: Reinaldo Arenas; Dolores M Koch; Jaime Manrique
Publisher: [New York] : Penguin Books, [2020]
Series: Penguin vitae.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The acclaimed memoir of a homosexual Cuban author chronicling his tumultuous yet luminary life, from his impoverished upbringing in Cuba to his imprisonment at the hands of a Communist regime, now a part of the Penguin Vitae series, with a foreword by Colombian author Jaime Manrique. The astonishing memoir by visionary Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas "is a book above all about being free," said The New York Review of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Reinaldo Arenas; Reinaldo Arenas
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Reinaldo Arenas; Dolores M Koch; Jaime Manrique
ISBN: 9780143134848 0143134841
OCLC Number: 1127065548
Language Note: Translated from the original Spanish into English.
Notes: Place of publication taken from publisher's website.
"Originally published in Spain as Antes que anochezca (Autobiografía) by Tusquet Editores, S.A., copyright ©1992 by the Estate of Reinaldo Arenas"--Title page verso.
Description: xxvii, 301 pages ; 21 cm.
Series Title: Penguin vitae.
Other Titles: Antes que anochezca.
Responsibility: Reinaldo Arenas ; translated by Dolores M. Koch ; foreword by Jaime Manrique.

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"The acclaimed memoir of a homosexual Cuban author chronicling his tumultuous yet luminary life, from his impoverished upbringing in Cuba to his imprisonment at the hands of a Communist regime, now a part of the Penguin Vitae series, with a foreword by Colombian author Jaime Manrique. The astonishing 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 suppression 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, Before Night Falls is the true story of the Kafkaesque life and world re-created in the author's acclaimed novels"--

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