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Arenas, Reinaldo 1943-1990

Works: 271 works in 1,356 publications in 15 languages and 25,536 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  History  Drama  Biographical films  Film adaptations  Erotic fiction  Humorous fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Allegories 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Bibliographic antecedent, Other, Interviewee, Creator, Illustrator
Classifications: PQ7390.A72, 863
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Most widely held works by Reinaldo Arenas
Hallucinations; being an account of the life and adventures of Friar Servando Teresa de Mier by Reinaldo Arenas( Book )

129 editions published between 1968 and 2014 in 10 languages and held by 1,826 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
Singing from the well by Reinaldo Arenas( Book )

90 editions published between 1967 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 1,414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Histoire d'une vie, depuis le début d'un monde quasi immémorial jusqu'à l'avènement de la révolution cubaine
Farewell to the sea : a novel of Cuba by Reinaldo Arenas( Book )

35 editions published between 1982 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 1,147 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 )

54 editions published between 1987 and 2008 in 7 languages and held by 1,078 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 )

49 editions published between 1975 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,067 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 )

32 editions published between 1990 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 941 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
The color of summer, or, The new garden of earthly delights by Reinaldo Arenas( Book )

24 editions published between 1991 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 875 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
Viaje a la Habana : (novela en tres viajes) by Reinaldo Arenas( Book )

54 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Termina el desfile by Reinaldo Arenas( Book )

31 editions published between 1981 and 2006 in Spanish and French and held by 506 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
Old Rosa : a novel in two stories by Reinaldo Arenas( Book )

7 editions published between 1984 and 1994 in English and held by 459 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
El central : (poema) by Reinaldo Arenas( Book )

17 editions published between 1981 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roman historique. Roman de société
La loma del ángel by Reinaldo Arenas( Book )

38 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Arturo, la estrella más brillante by Reinaldo Arenas( Book )

25 editions published between 1900 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Reinaldo Arenas construye en Arturo, la estrella más brillante, la historia alucinante de una abyecta marginación. La condición homosexual de su protagonista, enclaustrado en un campo de "reeducación", pone en evidencia la irracionalidad de un sistema que puede hacer de la humillación humana, un instrumento de pedagogía soci al tan inhumano como absurdo. Pero Arturo, la estrella más brillante, independientemente de su fuerte valor testimonial, posee toda la fuerza de un texto bellamente concebido. Poesía y verdad se amalgaman para conformar un relato, estilísticamente, en la línea habitual del autor cubano. Convincente voluntad poética, mezcla de dolorosas páginas y brillante solución formal, en un libro que nos estremece por lo que nos cuenta, y nos asombra por su escritura luminosa y exacta."--Casadellibro
Adiós a mamá : de La Habana a Nueva York by Reinaldo Arenas( Book )

17 editions published between 1995 and 2000 in Spanish and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Before night falls by Reinaldo Arenas( Book )

103 editions published between 1991 and 2017 in 11 languages and held by 299 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
El color del verano, o, Nuevo "Jardín de las delicias" : novela escrita y publicada sin privilegio imperial by Reinaldo Arenas( Book )

17 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in Spanish and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the fiftieth anniversary of the rule of Fifo, the elderly and mad ruler of Cuba, an outrageous celebration is to be held in honor of the tyrant
Persecución : cinco piezas de teatro experimental by Reinaldo Arenas( Book )

16 editions published between 1900 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Voluntad de vivir manifestándose by Reinaldo Arenas( Book )

12 editions published between 1989 and 2001 in Spanish and held by 190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

8 editions published in 1990 in Spanish and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I was Cuba : treasures from the Ramiro Fernández collection( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While most think of Cuba as a mythical island of rum, rumba, and revolution, period photographs reveal a more complex place. I Was Cuba is an original look at Cuban history as seen through the Ramiro Fernandez Collection arguably the world's leading archive of Cuban photos and ephemera. I Was Cuba showcases rare, vernacular images from the nineteenth century through the revolutionary period, exploring the everyday and the eccentric. With texts from famed Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas (Before Night Falls), this captivating volume is an intimate view into a bygone era of glamour, political upheaval, and astounding visual culture
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
The color of summer, or, The new garden of earthly delights
Singing from the wellFarewell to the sea : a novel of CubaThe doormanThe palace of the white skunksThe assaultThe color of summer, or, The new garden of earthly delightsViaje a la Habana : (novela en tres viajes)Termina el desfile
Alternative Names

Arenas, Reinaldo

Arenas, Reinaldo 1943-

Arenas, Reynaldo.

Arenas Reynaldo 1943-1990

Arenasas Reinaldas

Reinaldo Arenas

Reinaldo Arenas Cuban poet/novelist/playwright

Reinaldo Arenas Fuentes Cuban poet/novelist/playwright

Reinaldo Arenas kubanischer Schriftsteller

Reinaldo Arenas kubański pisarz i dysydent

Reinaldo Arenas schrijver uit Cuba (1943-1990)

Reinaldo Arenas scrittore, poeta e drammaturgo cubano

Reinaldus Arenas

Ρεϊνάλντο Αρένας Κουβανός ποιητής και συγγραφέας

Реиналдо Аренас

Рейнальдо Аренас

Рэйнальда Арэнас

Ռեյնալդո Արենաս կուբացի բանաստեղծ, արձակագիր և դրամատուրգ

ארנס, רינלדו, 1943-1990

רינלדו ארנס

رينالدو أريناس شاعر وروائي كوبي

رینالدو آرناس

아레나스, 레이날도 1943-1990

アレ-ナス, レイナルド

アレナス, レイナルド