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Before Night Falls by Reinaldo Arenas
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Nov 02, 2009

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bookshelves: biography, latin-america, latino-fiction, politics
Read in December, 1994

Reynaldo Arenas is an amazing writer and if you can get past his anger, you can appreciate that he may well have been one of the greats. I did find his assessment of Gabriel Garcia Marquez humorous and love GGM in spite of it anyway - you'll have to read what he has to say because I ain't telling.

Unfortunately, he lived in a time and place which really damped his attempt to reach out to the universe. That said, Reynaldo Arenas has something to say and the world nevertheless has a chance to see the brilliance of a far that fell from the sky. I say this not because he was recognized as a preeminent writer in his time but rather because he had a voice that could not be silenced by ignorance and hate.


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