The Fictioning Horror Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | September 4, 2014

Edward E. Baptist: IMG The Two Bodies of The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism



My new book, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, is the story of two bodies. The first body was the new... Continue »
  1. $24.50 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$6.95
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside Literature- A to Z

More copies of this ISBN

The Halfway House

by

The Halfway House Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Never before available in English, is a trip to the darkest corners of the human condition. Humiliations, filth, stench, and physical abuse comprise the asphyxiating atmosphere of a halfway house for indigents in Miami where, in a shaken mental state, the writer William Figueras lives after his exile from Cuba. He claims to have gone crazy after the Cuban government judged his first novel "morose, pornographic, and also irreverent, because it dealt harshly with the Communist Party," and prohibited its publication. By the time he arrives in Miami twenty years later, he is a "toothless, skinny, frightened guy who had to be admitted to a psychiatric ward that very day" instead of the ready-for-success exile his relatives expected to welcome and receive among them. Placed in a halfway house, with its trapped bestial inhabitants and abusive overseers, he enters a hell. Romance appears in the form of Frances, a mentally fragile woman and an angel, with whom he tries to escape in this apocalyptic classic of Cuban literature. "Behind the hardly one hundred pages," stated, "is the work of a tireless fabulist, a writer who delights in language, extracting verbs and adjectives which are powerful enough to stop the reader in his tracks."

Review:

"This posthumous translation of Rosales, a Cuban-American writer who committed suicide in 1993, delivers a raw, powerful story set in a Miami home for the mentally ill. William Figueras, a 38-year-old writer who, like the author, is an exile from Cuba and suffers schizophrenia, is deposited in a 'boarding house' by his aunt, because 'nothing more can be done.' His writing was deemed 'morose, pornographic, and also irrelevant' by the Cuban government, and now he has grown as hopeless and abandoned as the other desperate outcasts who inhabit the shabby home owned by the miserly Mr. Curbelo and run by a beer-guzzling flunky named Arsenio. Figueras despises the other residents and clearly recognizes how they are being exploited by Mr. Curbelo and Arsenio, yet out of his own state of self-debasement, he joins in the cruelty. Briefly, hope inspires him in the form of a new female inmate, and together they plan an escape. However, life outside promises to be more treacherous than staying in the ward. It's a frightening, nihilistic cousin of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

"This posthumous translation of Rosales, a Cuban-American writer who committed suicide in 1993, delivers a raw, powerful story set in a Miami home for the mentally ill... It's a frightening, nihilistic cousin of ."--

Synopsis:

A halfway house is ostensibly a refuge for the mentally ill and those abandoned to poverty by their respective families. However, Rosales writes about a particular house '" ruled by an abusive supervisor who sees the house as his personal kingdom and occasionally uses its residents for his sexual pleasures. The central characters are a Cuban American man in his thirties and his equally mentally unstable love, a young woman in her twenties, who try to flee the halfway house. Saddled down by his books and her numerous belongings, they only manage to get far enough away for a taste of real freedom. Sad, tender, and dark, The Halfway Houseintroduces an important Cuban writer to American readers.

About the Author

Guillermo Rosales (Cuba, 1946 — Miami, 1993) was a very well known writer within the Cuban and Cuban-American communities. Sadly, he destroyed nearly all of his work before committing suicide. Luckily, The Halfway House was spared and published posthumously in Spanish.
Anna Kushner is the translator of two forthcoming books, The Halfway House by Guillermo Rosales and The Autobiography of Fidel Castro by Norberto Fuentes. She was a finalist for the John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize in 2007.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780811218023
Author:
Rosales, Guillermo
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Translator:
Kushner, Anna
Introduction by:
Prieto, Jose Manuel
Introduction:
Prieto, Jose Manuel
Author:
Kushner, Anna
Author:
Prieto, Jos MANUEL.,
Author:
Prieto, Jose Manuel
Author:
Jos M. Prieto,
Author:
Jos MANUEL. Prieto,
Author:
Prieto, Jos M.
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Exiles
Subject:
Halfway houses.
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Halfway houses - Florida
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.3 in 0.315 lb

Other books you might like

  1. The Admiral's Daughter (Kydd Sea... Used Trade Paper $8.95
  2. Richard Bolitho Novels #2: Stand... Used Trade Paper $6.95
  3. Dark Voyage: A Novel
    Used Trade Paper $8.50

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » Latin America

The Halfway House Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$6.95 In Stock
Product details 144 pages New Directions Publishing Corporation - English 9780811218023 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This posthumous translation of Rosales, a Cuban-American writer who committed suicide in 1993, delivers a raw, powerful story set in a Miami home for the mentally ill. William Figueras, a 38-year-old writer who, like the author, is an exile from Cuba and suffers schizophrenia, is deposited in a 'boarding house' by his aunt, because 'nothing more can be done.' His writing was deemed 'morose, pornographic, and also irrelevant' by the Cuban government, and now he has grown as hopeless and abandoned as the other desperate outcasts who inhabit the shabby home owned by the miserly Mr. Curbelo and run by a beer-guzzling flunky named Arsenio. Figueras despises the other residents and clearly recognizes how they are being exploited by Mr. Curbelo and Arsenio, yet out of his own state of self-debasement, he joins in the cruelty. Briefly, hope inspires him in the form of a new female inmate, and together they plan an escape. However, life outside promises to be more treacherous than staying in the ward. It's a frightening, nihilistic cousin of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , "This posthumous translation of Rosales, a Cuban-American writer who committed suicide in 1993, delivers a raw, powerful story set in a Miami home for the mentally ill... It's a frightening, nihilistic cousin of ."--
"Synopsis" by , A halfway house is ostensibly a refuge for the mentally ill and those abandoned to poverty by their respective families. However, Rosales writes about a particular house '" ruled by an abusive supervisor who sees the house as his personal kingdom and occasionally uses its residents for his sexual pleasures. The central characters are a Cuban American man in his thirties and his equally mentally unstable love, a young woman in her twenties, who try to flee the halfway house. Saddled down by his books and her numerous belongings, they only manage to get far enough away for a taste of real freedom. Sad, tender, and dark, The Halfway Houseintroduces an important Cuban writer to American readers.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.