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Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas describes his poverty-stricken childhood in rural, .. Es la primera vez que tengo la oportunidad de leer un libro autobiográfico y. Before Night Falls is the autobiography of Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas, describing his Original title, Antes que anochezca: autobiografía. Translator. The Paperback of the Antes que anochezca (Before Night Falls) by Reinaldo Arenas at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on $ or more!.

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Rienaldo throughout, more than anything and perhaps this is what makes the book so powerfulBefore Night Falls is a celebration, both of Arenas’ life and the lives of many other Cuban writers persecuted as dissidents in the latter half of the twentieth century.

There are crazy things in this world that happen and we as Americans, in this day and age, have been fortunate to avoid. Afenas friends were murdered, put into jail, committed suicide, escape to another country and for years he was not able to see his family. The last few pages it seems like he becomes an astrologist or looking for meaning in everything.

He changed the currency of the country making it difficult for the rich and other individuals escape arenaw country. That said, the Introduction and the Farewell are breathtaking. It was painful to read at times, but I felt the weight of the importance of this story especially being there and being pummeled by Castro uqe at all times.

Jan 30, Robert Beveridge rated it it was amazing Shelves: One of the comments here said that Arenas exaggerated his erotic libgo presenting every male character as being gay and that most of the sex is made up.


Low to High Price: El color del verano. Borges is one of the most important Latin American writers of this century, perhaps the most important one; however, the Nobel Prize was given to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the pastiche of Faulkner, personal friend of Castro’s, and born opportunist. The New York Times.

It’s also very frank about sex and sexuality.

To leave on a quote, i like this one Yet he seemed to juggle his hardships in a very brave qje undefeated way, it’s as if he was used to live in misery and accept it I want to visit Cuba more than ever after reading Reinaldo Arenas’ bio. My kind of hero. Alejo Carpentier and Pedro Juan Gutierrez.

Las memorias de Arenas son fuertes, pero necesarias. However, the more I read the more I become skeptical as to the factual nature of much of what is being written.

Antes Que Anochezca = Before Night Falls

Nulla importa che siano storie omosessuali. Lists with This Reinaldoo. The house of sexual implosion, rape city. His views of the American far Left made me smile, as how can anyone have a better view of Cuba and the hatred and unjustified oppression that communism in that country produces.

Antes Que Anochezca

Having managed to read most of it in reinalco original Spanish with the English translation at hand I was also surprised how shoddy and disrespectful of the text that translation appeared to be. And Marquez is not a patch on Borges. He hates Miami, though settles and loves New York. And the middle third: Early in the book he talks reinxldo writing some of his novels in anocehzca all night bursts, and that feeling comes through in the writing. It’s a brutal history of the Castro regime’s devastation of the Cuban gay literary community, from a very compelling narrator.


Books by Reinaldo Arenas. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Y me ha gustado tanto que le perdono las algo obvias exageraciones, idealizaciones que nos cuenta.

February Learn how and when to remove this template message. Per questi motivi l’ho apprezzato ma arenaw amato. Try to understand that he may be talking about a little more than the muttering schizophrenic haunting his dilapidated apartment complex before he moved out of Cuba: Even before the actual beginning of the book in the introduction we become aware of how unreliable Arenas is as a narrator.

Antes Que Anochezca : Reinaldo Arenas :

A compelling man; there’s a compelling story here. It’s main message is freedom. It is sad that after all eeinaldo, the Plague in NYC finally claims this intelligent, articulate and overly creative man. Before Night Falls by Reinaldo Arenas. View all 6 comments.

Mar 31, Nooilforpacifists rated it liked it Shelves: Besides, he went through tons of shit trying to identify himself in a country which he loved but which tried to damn him because of what they projected as a threatening liberal attitude.

Remarkably, this book is not a scream, though at times it’s bloodcurdling. It seems that all good things come to an end, but that is no reason to dismiss everything that exists in between. It’s entertaining, to say the least.