Before Night Falls

Author: Reinaldo Arenas

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 1847651690

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 430

View: 7935

Reinaldo Arenas was born to a poverty-stricken family in rural Cuba. By the time of his death in New York four decades later, he had become one of Cuba's most important poets, an outspoken critic of Castro's regime and one of the leading gay voices of the twentieth century. In Before Night Falls, Arenas 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 exile from Cuba to New York, where in 1987 he was diagnosed with AIDS. He committed suicide in 1990, ending a life of constant struggle against repression. In a farewell note, Arenas wrote: Due to my delicate state of health and to the terrible depression that causes me not to be able to continue writing and struggling for the freedom of Cuba, I am ending my life ... I do not want to convey to you a message of defeat, but of continued struggle and hope. Cuba will be free. I already am. (signed) Reinaldo Arenas

Old Rosa

A Novel in Two Stories

Author: Reinaldo Arenas

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802134066

Category: Fiction

Page: 106

View: 1461

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.

Farewell to the Sea

A Novel of Cuba

Author: Reinaldo Arenas,Andrew Hurley

Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)

ISBN: 9780140066364

Category: Fiction

Page: 413

View: 9562

The broad-based tension between Hector, a disillusioned Cuban poet, disenchanted revolutionary, and closet homosexual, and his wife mirror the harsh reality of life under Castro's rule

Mona and Other Tales

Author: Reinaldo Arenas

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307426920

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

View: 7407

Mona and Other Tales covers Reinaldo Arenas's entire career: his recently rediscovered debut (which got him a job at the Biblioteca Nacional in Havana), stories written in a political prison, and some of his last works, written in exile. Many of the stories have not previously appeared in English. Here is the tender story of a boy who recognizes evil for the first time and decides to ignore it; the tale of a writer struggling between the demands of creativity and of fame; common people dealing with changes brought about by revolution and exile; a romp with a famous, dangerous woman in the Metropolitan Museum; an outrageous fantasy that picks up where Garcia Lorca's famous play The House of Bernardo Alba ends. Told with Arenas's famous wit and humanity, Mona makes a perfect introduction to this important writer. Translated from the Spanish by Dolores Koch. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Color of Summer

or The New Garden of Earthly Delights

Author: Reinaldo Arenas

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101199329

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

View: 7292

Critics worldwide have praised Reinaldo Arenas's writing. His extraordinary memoir, Before Night Falls, was named one of the fourteen "Best Books of 1993" by the editors of The New York Times Book Review and has now been made into a major motion picture. The Color of Summer, Arenas's finest comic achievement, is also the fulfillment of his life's work, the Pentagonía, a five-volume cycle of 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 Rabelaisian tale of survival by wits and wit, The Color of Summer is ultimately a powerful and passionate story about the triumph of the human spirit over the forces of political and sexual repression.

Night Falls Fast

Understanding Suicide

Author: Kay Redfield Jamison

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307779892

Category: Psychology

Page: 448

View: 3545

From the author of the best-selling memoir An Unquiet Mind, comes the first major book in a quarter century on suicide, and its terrible pull on the young in particular. Night Falls Fast is tragically timely: suicide has become one of the most common killers of Americans between the ages of fifteen and forty-five. An internationally acknowledged authority on depressive illnesses, Dr. Jamison has also known suicide firsthand: after years of struggling with manic-depression, she tried at age twenty-eight to kill herself. Weaving together a historical and scientific exploration of the subject with personal essays on individual suicides, she brings not only her remarkable compassion and literary skill but also all of her knowledge and research to bear on this devastating problem. This is a book that helps us to understand the suicidal mind, to recognize and come to the aid of those at risk, and to comprehend the profound effects on those left behind. It is critical reading for parents, educators, and anyone wanting to understand this tragic epidemic. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Singing from the Well

Author: Reinaldo Arenas

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 206

View: 3296

Overwhelmed by the cruelty of his family, a young boy tries to escape to a fantasy world in the hills surrounding his home

Waiting For Snow In Havana

Author: Carlos Eire

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 147110835X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 1750

A childhood in a privileged household in 1950s Havana was joyous and cruel, like any other-but with certain differences. The neighbour's monkey was liable to escape and run across your roof. Surfing was conducted by driving cars across the breakwater. Lizards and firecrackers made frequent contact. Carlos Eire's childhood was a little different from most. His father was convinced he had been Louis XVI in a past life. At school, classmates with fathers in the Batista government were attended by chauffeurs and bodyguards. At a home crammed with artifacts and paintings, portraits of Jesus spoke to him in dreams and nightmares. Then, in January 1959, the world changes: Batista is suddenly gone, a cigar-smoking guerrilla has taken his place, and Christmas is cancelled. The echo of firing squads is everywhere. And, one by one, the author's schoolmates begin to disappear-spirited away to the United States. Carlos will end up there himself, without his parents, never to see his father again. Narrated with the urgency of a confession, WAITING FOR SNOW IN HAVANA is both an ode to a paradise lost and an exorcism. More than that, it captures the terrible beauty of those times in our lives when we are certain we have died-and then are somehow, miraculously, reborn.

The Assault

Author: Reinaldo Arenas

Publisher: Viking Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 145

View: 5104

The narrator offers his surrealistic impressions of life in Cuba as he struggles to maintain his sanity in the face of brutal repression

When Night Falls

Author: Margaret Daley

Publisher: Steeple Hill

ISBN: 1426848838

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 1024

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Before the Rain

A Memoir of Love and Revolution

Author: Luisita López Torregrosa

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547669208

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 228

View: 2900

The true story of a newspaper editor who began a deep love affair with a married reporter, and the couple's idyllic life together in the Philippines during the fall of Ferdinand Marcos and their subsequent breakup upon returning to the mainland. 15,000 first printing.

Night

Author: Elie Wiesel

Publisher: Hill and Wang

ISBN: 1466805366

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 144

View: 8964

A New Translation From The French By Marion Wiesel Night is Elie Wiesel's masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie's wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author's original intent. And in a substantive new preface, Elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man's capacity for inhumanity to man. Night offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors, everyday perversions, and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald; it also eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was, what it meant, and what its legacy is and will be.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Author: Jean-Dominique Bauby

Publisher: Knopf Group E-Books

ISBN: 9780307454836

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 146

View: 3877

In December 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby, the 43-year-old editor of French Elle, suffered a massive stroke that left him permanently paralyzed, a victim of “locked in syndrome.” Once known for his gregariousness and wit, Bauby now finds himself imprisoned in an inert body, able to communicate only by blinking his left eye. The miracle is that in doing so he was able to compose this stunningly eloquent memoir.In a voice that is by turns wistful and mischievous, angry and sardonic, Bauby gives us a celebration of the liberating power of consciousness: what it is like to spend a day with his children, to imagine lying in bed beside his wife, to conjure up the flavor of delectable meals even as he is fed through at tube. Most of all, this triumphant book lets us witness an indomitable spirit and share in the pure joy of its own survival. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Juan de la Rosa

Memoirs of the Last Soldier of the Independence Movement

Author: Nataniel Aguirre

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199938873

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 4028

Long considered a classic in Bolivia, Juan de la Rosa tells the story of a young boy's coming of age during the violent and tumultuous years of Bolivia's struggle for independence. Indeed, in this remarkable novel, Juan's search for his personal identity functions as an allegory of Bolivia's search for its identity as a nation. Set in the early 1800s, the novel is narrated by one of the last surviving Bolivian rebels, octogenarian Juan de la Rosa. Juan recreates his childhood in the rebellious town of Cochabamba, and with it a large cast of full bodied, Dickensian characters both heroic and malevolent. The larger cultural dislocations brought about by Bolivia's political upheaval are echoed in those experienced by Juan, whose mother's untimely death sets off a chain of unpredictable events that propel him into the fiery crucible of the South American Independence Movement. Outraged by Juan's outspokenness against Spanish rule and his awakening political consciousness, his loyalist guardians banish him to the countryside, where he witnesses firsthand the Spaniards' violent repression and rebels' valiant resistance that crystallize both his personal destiny and that of his country. In Sergio Gabriel Waisman's fluid translation, English readers have access to Juan de la Rosa for the very first time.

The Fall

Author: Diogo Mainardi

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448163994

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 156

View: 3191

'The Fall is a moving portrait of a relationship with a child and a place. It is a rare book: by turns heartbreaking, angry and lyrical' – Edmund de Waal, author of The Hare With Amber Eyes. Step 1: Tito has cerebral palsy. Step 2: I blame Tito’s cerebral palsy on Pietro Lombardo. Join Diogo Mainardi and his son Tito in a journey of 424 steps, starting with Tito’s disastrous birth in Venice, in Lombardo’s Renaissance hospital. It’s a journey full of joy and reflection, and an honest exploration of fatherhood. It’s a journey that follows the arc of Western culture, from Dante Alighieri, Rembrandt van Rijn and Claude Monet to Marcel Proust, Neil Young and Assassin’s Creed, to show how one boy’s fate has been shaped by history. Above all, it’s a celebration of love and courage, and of the hope and faith we place in our children.

Finding Mañana

A Memoir of a Cuban Exodus

Author: Mirta A. Ojito

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 302

View: 1414

A New York Times reporter recounts her childhood in Cuba before the events of the Mariel boatlift rendered her a teenage refugee in Miami, describing the Cuban revolution, the beliefs about el norte that prompted her family's immigration, and her prize-winning journalism career. 25,000 first printing.

A Writer's Workbook

Daily Exercises for the Writing Life

Author: Caroline Sharp

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 125012249X

Category: Reference

Page: 176

View: 7726

Aspiring doctors have medical school. Karate students have belts of different colors. Pianists have scales and arpeggios. But what system do writers have for getting and staying "in shape," to help them focus, practice, and make progress? A Writer's Workbook is Caroline Sharp's ingenious collection of exercises to inspire, encourage, warm up, and jump-start anyone who writes. A wise and funny friend who will cheerlead you through even your darkest can't-write days and "every idea I've ever had is awful" nights, she provides encouraging suggestions, hilarious observations, and an amazingly vivid catalogue of writers' neuroses (with advice on overcoming them, of course). From "Roget's Resume" and "Emulating Ernest" to "End Well," "The Rewrite Rut," and "Dear John," the exercises in this generous, wry workbook will keep your ideas fresh, your mind open, and your pen moving.

The Doorman

Author: Reinaldo Arenas

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802134059

Category: Fiction

Page: 191

View: 8876

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.

Too Close to the Falls

Author: Catherine Gildiner

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101043954

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

View: 4477

Welcome to the childhood of Catherine McClure Gildiner. It is the mid-1950s in Lewiston, New York, a sleepy town near Niagara Falls. Divorce is unheard of, mothers wear high heels to the beauty salon, and television has only just arrived. At the tender age of four, Cathy accompanies Roy, the deliveryman at her father's pharmacy, on his routes. She shares some of their memorable deliveries-sleeping pills to Marilyn Monroe (in town filming Niagara), sedatives to Mad Bear, a violent Tuscarora chief, and fungus cream to Warty, the gentle operator of the town dump. As she reaches her teenage years, Cathy's irrepressible spirit spurs her from dangerous sled rides that take her "too close to the Falls" to tipsy dances with the town priest.

Memoirs of a Geisha

A Novel

Author: Arthur Golden

Publisher: Vintage Contemporaries

ISBN: 0307275167

Category: Fiction

Page: 434

View: 5854

The "memoirs" of one of Japan's most celebrated geishas describes how, in 1929, as a little girl, she is sold into slavery, her efforts to learn the arts of the geisha, the impact of World War II, and her struggle to reinvent herself to win the man she loves. Reissue. (A Columbia Pictures film, directed by Rob Marshall, releasing Winter 2005, starring Ziyi Zhang, Ken Watanabe, Michelle Yeoh, Koji Yakusho, & Gong Li) (Historical Fiction)