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The last masquerade : a novel

Author: Antonio Orlando Rodríguez; Ernesto Mestre-Reed
Publisher: New York : Rayo, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st ed
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In the Roaring Twenties, two worldly young aristocrats embark on a journey to see one of their idols, the sublime Italian actress Eleonora Duse, who, to their utmost delight, has recently returned to the stage. What follows as they prepare for their adventure and, later, when they arrive in the Cuban capital, is a hilarious, erotic, and political tragicomedy, told in hallucinatory language, volcanic in its
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Antonio Orlando Rodríguez; Ernesto Mestre-Reed
ISBN: 006058632X 9780060586324
OCLC Number: 55208203
Description: 464 p. ; 24 cm.
Other Titles: Aprendices de brujo.
Responsibility: Antonio Orlando Rodríguez ; translated from the Spanish by Ernesto Mestre-Reed.

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In the Roaring Twenties, two worldly young aristocrats embark on a journey to see one of their idols, the sublime Italian actress Eleonora Duse, who, to their utmost delight, has recently returned to the stage. What follows as they prepare for their adventure and, later, when they arrive in the Cuban capital, is a hilarious, erotic, and political tragicomedy, told in hallucinatory language, volcanic in its invention.

The story is replete with Rabelaisian characters: among them, a quasi-widow who runs her family as if it were an army, sisters too ugly to marry off, a kind friend with the face of a monkey, a hermaphrodite nun, an iconoclastic, dissolute painter, the handsomest communist who ever lived, disheartened phantoms, bands of irresistible Cuban men, transmigrating souls, and, finally, the very seed of a demon who will one day make the Island his own.

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