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Arenas, Reinaldo 1943-1990

Works: 222 works in 1,140 publications in 15 languages and 23,978 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  History  Drama  Film adaptations  Biographical films  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Bildungsromans 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Bibliographic antecedent, Creator, Interviewee
Classifications: PQ7390.A72, 863
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Singing from the well by Reinaldo Arenas( Book )

66 editions published between 1967 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 1,335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Histoire d'une vie, depuis le début d'un monde quasi immémorial jusqu'à l'avènement de la révolution cubaine
The color of summer, or, The new garden of earthly delights by Reinaldo Arenas( Book )

45 editions published between 1991 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Arenas's finest comic achievement is also the fulfillment of his life's work, the Pentagonia, a five-volume cycle of autobiographical novels he began writing in his early twenties. Although it is the penultimate installment in his "secret history of Cuba," it was, in fact, the last book Arenas wrote before his death in 1990. A tale of survival by wits and wit, this is ultimately a powerful and passionate story about the triumph of the human spirit over the forces of political and sexual repression.--From publisher description
Farewell to the sea : a novel of Cuba by Reinaldo Arenas( Book )

32 editions published between 1982 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 1,137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twice confiscated by Cuban authorities and rewritten from memory, this litany of despair--the story of life in totalitarian Cuba--is told through the voice of a wife (who remains nameless), then through that of her husband, Hector, a disenchanted revolutionary and poet. Hector, his wife and baby vacation for six days at a small seaside cabin. There, in feverish lyrical outbursts, they each lament the loss of the freedom they had barely begun to know in early Castro years, and with its passing the loss of everything else--enthusiasm, rebelliousness and hope. Nothing except terror remains, and as it grows, Hector and his wife's relationship becomes intolerable. Under the domestic idle chatter lie their complete solitudes, a vestige of wilted love, her disgust at the messier aspects of child care, his silent fury and homosexual desire.--From publisher description
The doorman by Reinaldo Arenas( Book )

44 editions published between 1987 and 2008 in 7 languages and held by 1,092 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Portuguese translation of "El portero". 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 -- From Amazon website
The palace of the white skunks by Reinaldo Arenas( Book )

43 editions published between 1975 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,031 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Story of Fortunato, a dreamy, sullen boy trapped in a house full of abandoned aunts in a decrepit backwater. Tormented by sexual desires for both men and women, he hears, in the pauses in his family's quarrels, the crackle of rebel gunfire a sound that will beckon him into a world as demented as the one he has sworn to escape."--Page 4 of cover
The assault by Reinaldo Arenas( Book )

27 editions published between 1990 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 923 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A surrealistic novel on a dictatorship, a Cuban version of George Orwell's 1984. The protagonist is a counter-whispering agent whose task is to ferret out people spreading rumors inimical to the regime. By the author Before Night Falls
Hallucinations; being an account of the life and adventures of Friar Servando Teresa de Mier by Reinaldo Arenas( Book )

50 editions published between 1970 and 2013 in 8 languages and held by 915 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roman beschrijft het fictieve leven van de echte Mexicaanse pater Servando Teresa de Mier (1763-1827), vervolgd door de Inquisitie en de Spaanse autoriteiten vanwege zijn ketterse uitspraken
El mundo alucinante; una novela de aventuras by Reinaldo Arenas( Book )

55 editions published between 1969 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 771 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El cándido, pícaro, aventurero y exaltado fray Servando Teresa de Mier, célebre personaje histórico convertido para la ficción en protagonista de esta novela, fue un fraile mexicano de la orden de los predicadores que vivió a caballo de los siglos XVIII y XIX, por sus poco ortodoxas ideas sufrió persecuciones, destierros, y dio numerosas veces con sus huesos en la cárcel. En sus incansables andanzas --incluso su cadáver fue trasegado de acá para allá--, recorrió, entre otros países, la España de Carlos IV y Godoy, la Francia de Chateaubriand y Madame de Staël, la Inglaterra de Lady Hamilton, Italia, Estados Unidos ("país donde por cada respiro hay que pagar un impuesto", comenta fray Servando) y Cuba. No en vano, trascendiendo la simple biografía y haciendo una pirueta literaria en la mejor tradición del barroco cubano, Reinaldo Arenas va tejiendo una auténtica novela de aventuras, como él mismo la subtitula, hasta otorgarle una dimensión fabulosa, casi mítica.--Descripción de la editorial
Old Rosa : a novel in two stories by Reinaldo Arenas( Book )

5 editions published between 1984 and 1994 in English and held by 466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Old Rosa is in two parts, two related short stories connected by startling images and themes as well as by characters. "Old Rosa" recalls the life of a woman who puts herself and her farm to the flames rather than give up her land to the revolution. "The Brightest Star" chronicles the death and life of Old Rosa's youngest son, Arturo, an obsessive writer imprisoned by the revolutionaries in a work camp for gay prisoners. --Mary M. Benson, Library Journal
Viaje a la Habana : (novela en tres viajes) by Reinaldo Arenas( Book )

43 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Adiós a mamá : de La Habana a Nueva York by Reinaldo Arenas( Book )

28 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Huit nouvelles écrites à La Havane, puis à Miami et New York, de 1963 à 1987, et rassemblées par l'auteur en un recueil peu de temps avant sa mort. Une évocation fantastique et lyrique de son île qui est une satire burlesque, d'une violence parfois scatologique en opposition avec tout interdit moral
La loma del ángel by Reinaldo Arenas( Book )

35 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Termina el desfile by Reinaldo Arenas( Book )

18 editions published between 1981 and 2004 in Spanish and French and held by 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rassemble plusieurs petits contes relatant l'entrée des rebelles à Holguin, ainsi que les événements qui se sont déroulés à l'ambassade du Pérou à La Havane en 1980, lorsque 10.000 personnes ont défié le gouvernement de Fidel Castro
Arturo, la estrella más brillante by Reinaldo Arenas( Book )

20 editions published between 1984 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La confrontation d'une réalité brutale parfois tragique pour Arturo envoyé dans un camp de travail et l'invention d'un monde euphorique né du jeu de l'écrit
El central : (poema) by Reinaldo Arenas( Book )

7 editions published in 1981 in Spanish and Catalan and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Persecución : cinco piezas de teatro experimental by Reinaldo Arenas( Book )

13 editions published between 1986 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Before night falls by Reinaldo Arenas( Book )

74 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in 9 languages and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Before Night Fall is Reinaldo Arenas's stunning autobiography - a bold and unrestrained account of his life as a writer and a homosexual. Arenas, acknowledged as one of the great twentieth-century Cuban writers, was born in 1943 into a poor, rural Cuban family. At the age of fifteen he joined Castro's guerrillas against Batista's right-wing regime, only to discover that repression under Castro would be on a monumental scale. Reinaldo Arenas spent twenty years of his life trying to survive his "re-education," to safeguard his manuscripts, and to maintain his sanity when he was imprisoned in El Morro prison in Havana. But despite everything that happened to him, including betrayal by his aunt and some of his closest "friends," Arenas triumphed, finally leaving Cuba during the Mariel exodus in 1980." "But America could never replace his beloved Cuba, and his anti-Castro stance made him unsympathetic to many American intellectuals. The final irony was his battle with AIDS, which dominated the last years of his life until he committed suicide on December 7, 1990, at the age of forty-seven." "Before Night Falls was begun before Arenas left Cuba and was completed in the last stage of the disease. It is an extraordinary document - a compelling and moving account of the hell that Arenas experienced in Cuba and the purgatory he endured in the United States. It is a book both raw and fierce, tender and lyrical, particularly about the Cuban landscape. In it you will discover a man of enormous vitality, resilience, and courage. Arenas writes of his own book, "I tell my truth like a Jew who has suffered from racism, a Russian who has been in the Gulag, or any human being who has eyes to see things as they are: I cry out: therefore I am.""--Jacket
Voluntad de vivir manifestándose by Reinaldo Arenas( Book )

13 editions published between 1989 and 2001 in Spanish and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leprosorio : (trilogía poética) by Reinaldo Arenas( Book )

6 editions published in 1990 in Spanish and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Termina el desfile : seguido de Adiós a mamá by Reinaldo Arenas( Book )

8 editions published in 2006 in Spanish and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two collections of short stories explore life on the island of Cuba and the ways in which government repression affects the creative process in writers and artists
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The color of summer, or, The new garden of earthly delights
Alternative Names

Arenas, Reinaldo

Arenas, Reinaldo 1943-

Arenas, Reynaldo.

Arenas Reynaldo 1943-1990

Reinaldo Arenas Cuban poet/novelist/playwright

Reinaldo Arenas kubanischer Schriftsteller

Reinaldo Arenas kubański pisarz i dysydent

Reinaldo Arenas scrittore, poeta e drammaturgo cubano

Reinaldus Arenas

Реиналдо Аренас

Рейнальдо Аренас

Рэйнальда Арэнас

רינלדו ארנס

رینالدو آرناس

アレナス, レイナルド



The color of summer, or, The new garden of earthly delightsFarewell to the sea : a novel of CubaThe doormanThe palace of the white skunksThe assaultHallucinations; being an account of the life and adventures of Friar Servando Teresa de MierEl mundo alucinante; una novela de aventurasOld Rosa : a novel in two stories