Reinaldo Arenas (July 16, – December 7, ) was a Cuban poet, novelist , and . “Queer Parody and Intertextuality: A Postmodern Reading of Reinaldo Arenas’s El cometa Halley,” By: Francisco Soto, IN: Ingenschay, Desde aceras. According to the Cuban’s narrative, Garcia Lorca did not complete his story, leaving it “unfinished and unclear” (“El Cometa Halley” 83; “Halley’s Comet” ), . Cuba’s Political and Sexual Outlaw: Reinaldo Arenas. Gaines- ville: University “A Twice-Told Tail: Reinaldo Arenas’s ‘El Cometa Halley.’” PMLA ().

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Reinaldo Arenas – Wikipedia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Due to my delicate state of health and to e terrible depression that causes me not to be able to continue writing and struggling for the freedom of Cuba, I am ending my life In this work was made into a filmdirected by Julian Schnabelin which Arenas was played by Javier Bardem.

Inhe was sent to prison after being charged and convicted of “ideological deviation” and for publishing abroad without official consent. Jorge Olivares, Becoming Reinaldo Arenas: His writings and openly gay life were, by halleey, bringing him into conflict with the Communist government.

Family, Sexuality, and the Cuban Revolution.

Duke University Press, Reinaldo Arenas July 16, — December 7, was a Cuban poetnovelistand playwright known as an early sympathizer, and later critic of Fidel Castro and the revolutionand a rebel of the Cuban government. Inhe moved to Havana to enroll in the School of Planification and, later, in the Faculty of Letters at the Universidad de La Habanawhere he studied philosophy and literature without completing a degree.


From to he was a journalist and editor for the literary magazine La Gaceta de Cuba. Despite his short life and the hardships imposed during his imprisonment, Arenas produced a significant body of work. Becoming Reinaldo Arenas is an exemplary work of literary criticism.

Literature portal Cuba portal Poetry portal. I want to encourage the Cuban people abroad as well as on the Island to continue fighting for freedom This page was last edited on 5 Decemberat Retrieved from ” https: Threatened aarenas death, he was forced to renounce his work and was released in There is no doubt that Arenas was a product of the Cuban Revolution.

A constant theme in his novels and other writing is the condemnation of the Castro government, although Arenas also critiques the Catholic ChurchUS culture and politics. cometz

In a suicide letter written for publication, Arenas wrote:. However, his attempts to smuggle his work out of prison were discovered and he was severely punished.

He survived by helping the inmates to write letters to wives and lovers. While he lived his homosexuality openly, he conformed to the official government line in other respects, as when he published in La gaceta de Cuba a letter denouncing the Latin American journal Mundo Nuevo for having published without his consent excerpts from his novel El mundo alucinante. As Olivares shows in his first chapter, he became a writer thanks to comwta Cuban Revolution, his sexual life unfolding and then coeta increasingly restricted by it, his own political stance developing only gradually.

In addition to significant poetic efforts “El Central”, “Leprosorio”his Pentagonia is a set of five novels that comprise a “secret history” of post-revolutionary Cuba. The attempt failed and he was rearrested near Lenin Park and imprisoned at the notorious El Morro Castle alongside murderers and rapists. He escaped from prison and tried to leave Cuba by launching himself from the shore on a tire inner tube.


Reinaldo Arenas

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Mundo Nuevo was accused of being funded by the CIA. Its publication in in France and Mexico, without Cuban authorization, was followed by his demotion at the UNEAC and secret service vigilance, and finally, inhis arrest and incarceration for fondling two boys.

As is evident and as critics such as Francisco Soto have pointed out, the “child narrator” raenas “Celestino”, Fortunato of “The Palace Pentagonia Before Night Falls.

Rather it traces his literary strategies and obsessions against the horizon of contemporary Cuban and Latin American literature. He was able to collect enough paper this way to continue his writing. In interviews, his autobiography, and in some of his fiction work itself, Arenas draws explicit reinapdo between his own life experience and the identities and fates of his protagonists. Cuba will be free.