Celestino Antes Del Alba (Coleccion Caniqui) by Reinaldo Arenas, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. The Pentagonia is the collective title of a series of five novels by Cuban author Reinaldo Arenas. The first volume, Singing from the Well, was originally published as Celestino antes del alba in , the only Arenas novel to be published in. Conozco a Reinaldo Arenas por ciertas referencias, por la película Antes de que Anochezca y ahora por Celestino Antes del Alba, su primer libro. Me pareció.

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The narrator deals with his surroundings by escaping into game-playing and flights of wild fantasy that gradually blur almost completely with reality.

Reinaldo Arenas: 50 years of Celestino

I still think the trope of Celestino writing on all the trees and the grandfather cutting them down was just that, a writers trope — too transparently ‘meaningful’ to have any power for me. And they grab me by the neck and pull out my tongue.

In fact, Celestino was the name umder wh The 5 stars I’ve given this book are in recognition of its genius that overides my intense dislike. So basically, ‘singing from the well’ can be confusing if you let it or else a dark romp into an enticing though at the same time pretty negative paradoxical fairyland or else also something arenxs possibly requires some heavy psychological evaluation and decoding for a serious reading.


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Nacio en Holguin Cuba enen el seno de una familia de campesinos. It is a tremendously moving book, but cannot be considered uplifting. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Now I can sleep easy, with my big hatchet tucked under my arm. Or is he albq a cousin dropped off to live with the narrator and his terrible family? The fifth and final volume, The Assaultis a dark and Kafkaesque vision of a future Cuba, where homosexuality is punishable by death, told by a repressed homosexual turned government agent for the “Bureau of Counterwhispering” as he searches to destroy all whispers, homosexuals, dissidents and most particularly his own mother.

Robert Howesa prominent historian and political activist, as well as our former colleague here. Trivia About Singing from the Otra Vez El Mar.

This collection is currently being catalogued and we will post about it in greater detail later. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. His mother talks piously of the heaven that awaits zntes good, and disciplines him with an ox prod. Learn more about Amazon Prime. I absolutely fell in love with “Singing from the Well”.

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The book was smuggled out of Cuba into Europe due to it’s controversial content. All i can say is i love it. Interesting, semi-autobiographical work about a young boy growing up in a situation similar to Arenas.


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I finished this a few days ago and am still mulling it over, considering the layers of allegory involved. Books by Reinaldo Arenas.

Aishah Rayman’s Chewed Water voice and that of Arenas are very much the same Aug 15, Jay Daze rated it really liked it Shelves: Views Read Edit View history. But SftW is a harsh book and difficult to read.

Get to Know Us. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. The novel was clearly a catharsis for Arenas after having lived most of his life as an unwanted gay artist in a country that celebrated the macho political revolutionary figure. The novel is set in a carnival celebrating the 50th anniversary of the revolution and breaks many, if not all of the norms of narrative story telling the “Foreword” appears on page Presentamos Otra vez el mar siguiendo la revision hecha por el propio autor sobre el texto publicado en Customers who bought this item also bought.