Reinaldo Arenas (1943-1990) was a Cuban poet, novelist, and playwright. He was persecuted by Fidel Castro’s homophobic regime, and he fled to the United States in 1980. He mentored many Cuban exile writers, including John O’Donnell-Rosales. His works include La Loma del Angel (‘Graveyard of the Angels’) and Before Night Falls: A Memoir.
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Essays & Memoir | The Online Edition
A Poet in Cuba
‘Perfect totalitarian systems have always been in the vanguard: they modify not only the past and the future, but they also abolish the present.’
Fiction | The Online Edition
Coming down from the Mountains
‘There is nothing to be heard now; just, in the darkness, the racket of the victrolas in Loma Colorada barrio, and the organ lording it over all the other noises.’