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Singing from the Well (King Penguin)

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His mother talks piously of the heaven that awaits the good, and disciplines him with an ox prod. His grandmother burns his precious crosses for kindling. His cousins meet to plot their grandfather's death. Yet in the hills surrounding his home, another reality exists, a place where his mother wears flowers in her hair, and his cousin Celestino, a poet who inscribes verse on the trunks of trees, understands his visions.

The first novel in Reinaldo Arenas's "secret history of Cuba," a quintet he called the Pentagonia, Singing from the Well is by turns explosively crude and breathtakingly lyrical. In the end, it is a stunning depiction of a childhood besieged by horror--and a moving defense of liberty and the imagination in a world of barbarity, persecution, and ignorance.

Synopsis:

This first novel in Arenas's "secret history of Cuba" — a quintet he called the Pentagonia — is a powerful story of growing up in a world where nightmare has become reality, and fantasy provides the only escape.

About the Author

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.

Thomas Colchie is an acclaimed translator, editor, and literary agent for international authors. He is the editor of A Hammock Beneath the Mangoes. He has written for the Village Voice and The Washington Post. His translations include Manuel Puig's Kiss of the Spider Woman and (with Elizabeth Bishop, Gregory Rabassa, and Mark Strand) Carlos Drummond de Andrade's Travelling in the Family.

Andrew Hurley is a translator of numerous works of literature, criticism, history, and memoir. He is professor emeritus at the University of Puerto Rico.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140094442
Author:
Arenas, Reinaldo
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Translator:
Hurley, Andrew
Introduction by:
Colchie, Thomas
Introduction:
Colchie, Thomas
Author:
Colchie, Thomas
Author:
Hurley, Andrew
Location:
New York, N.Y., U.S.A. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Family saga
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series:
King Penguin
Series Volume:
Vol. 28
Publication Date:
19880631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.84x5.00x.66 in. .41 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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