Arenas, Reinaldo Before Night Falls

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Before Night Falls

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This is the shocking memoir by visionary Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas, giving an account of his life as a writer and a homosexual and his struggle for freedom of expression. He describes his poverty-stricken childhood in rural Cuba and his adolescence as a rebel fighting for Castro, his suppression as a writer, imprisonment as a homosexual, and his flight from Cuba via the Mariel boat lift. He never really reconciled himself to life in America away from the beloved country of his birth, and committed suicide in 1990 at the age of 47, already dying from Aids.

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One of the most shattering testimonials ever written on the subject of oppression and defiance ( Mario Vargas Llosa)

Reading Arenas is like witnessing a bare consciousness in the process of assimilating the most universal, but powerful, human experiences and turning them into literature ( Robert Gonzalez Echevarria)

A document of a particular and disturbing honesty by one of the truly great writers to come out of Latin America ( Chicago Tribune)

One of the most searing satirical writers of the 20th century, a worthy successor to Aristophanes and Swift (Jaime Manrique Village Voice)

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Reinaldo Arenas was born in Cuba in 1943. In 1980, he was one of 120,000 Cubans who arrived in the United States on the Mariel boatlift. Arenas settled in New York where he lived until his death from AIDS ten years later.

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