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"Sarduy is the master of wordscapes that dip, shake, and explode."—The New York Times Book Review

For the first time in English, Severo Sarduy's most autobiographical work, centered on two transvestites who undergo oppositional sexual surgeries (one is castrated, the other is given a new member). This convention-defying, scatological, and very funny novel is a paradise of w
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Archipelago Books (first published January 2002)
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Jul 16, 2014 Tonymess rated it really liked it
Severo Sarduy (1937-1993), celebrated Cuban poet, fiction writer, playwright and literary critic. When Fidel Castro came to power in 1959 Sarduy managed to achieve a grant to study art in Paris, although never considering himself to be an exile or an immigrant he became a French citizen but is quoted as saying “I am a Cuban through and through, who just happens to live in Paris”, unfortunately he never returned to his native Cuba, dying as a result of complications from AIDS in 1993.

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Jan 09, 2013 Beth rated it really liked it
Rating: 4.5 stars.

Severo Sarduy has written a novella that reads like a large novel. There are no casual lines. Every phrase is filled with poetry and purpose. The quality of Sarduy’s syntax is impeccable. He is a master of literary prose and artistry. Sarduy writes as if from a subconscious dream. And, like a dream, there is abstract imagery with an underlying, powerful message.

While Sarduy’s script is beautiful, his story is harsh. It is pre-war Cuba. A young boy experiences coming of age aga
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Jul 30, 2015 Kayla koontz rated it really liked it
Sarduy writes you a dream you can almost remember but certainly feel.
Each sentence of this book is laid out like a string of pearls.
While the book seemed to end abruptly it will linger in the back of my head for a long time.
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The whole thing felt like it was trying that bit too hard to squeeze out the fancy imagery without giving the story any heart.
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The subtitle of Chesterton's 'The Man Who Was Thursday' (A nightmare) seems especially comical when reading this psychedelic cacophony of shriveling body parts and excrement-filled rot. Great stuff.
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Severo Sarduy was a Cuban poet, author, playwright, and critic of Cuban literature and art.

Sarduy became close friends with Roland Barthes, Philippe Sollers, and other writers connected with journal Tel Quel. His third novel, Cobra (1972), translated by Sollers won the Prix Medicis for a work of foreign literature in translation. In addition to his own writing, Sarduy edited, published and promote
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