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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Despite his short life and the hardships imposed during his imprisonment, Arenas produced a significant body of work.

He escaped from prison and tried to qrenas Cuba by launching himself from the shore on a tire inner tube.

I want to encourage the Cuban people abroad as well as on the Island to continue fighting for freedom Literature portal Cuba portal Poetry portal. In this work was made into a filmdirected by Julian Schnabelin which Arenas was played by Javier Bardem. Cuba will be free. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. There is no doubt that Arenas was a product of the Cuban Revolution. Pentagonia Before Night Falls. The attempt failed and he was rearrested near Lenin Park and imprisoned at the notorious El Morro Castle alongside murderers and rapists.

Reinaldo Arenas

Threatened with death, he was forced to renounce his work and was released in This page was last edited on 5 Decemberat Jorge Olivares, Becoming Reinaldo Arenas: His commeta and openly gay life were, bybringing him into conflict with the Communist government. In interviews, his autobiography, and in some of his fiction work itself, Arenas draws explicit connections between his own life experience and the identities and fates of his protagonists.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. As Olivares shows in his first chapter, he became a writer thanks to the Cuban Revolution, his sexual life unfolding and then being increasingly restricted by it, his own political stance developing only gradually. However, his arena to smuggle his work out of prison were discovered and he was severely punished.

Its publication in in France and Mexico, without Cuban authorization, was cmeta by his demotion at the UNEAC and secret service vigilance, and finally, inhis arrest and incarceration arejas fondling two boys. Retrieved from ” https: Views Read Edit View history. Mundo Nuevo was accused of being funded by the CIA. Becoming Reinaldo Arenas is an exemplary work of literary criticism.

Ccometa it traces his literary strategies and obsessions against the horizon of contemporary Cuban and Latin American literature. As is evident and as critics such as Francisco Soto have pointed out, the “child narrator” in “Celestino”, Fortunato of “The Palace Inhe moved to Havana to enroll in the Reinalvo of Planification and, later, in the Faculty of Letters at the Universidad de La Habanawhere he studied philosophy and literature without completing a degree.

Reinaldo Arenas – Wikipedia

From to he was a journalist and editor for the literary magazine La Gaceta de Cuba. Duke University Press, Due to my delicate state of health and to the terrible depression that causes me not to be able to continue writing and struggling for the freedom of Cuba, I am ending my life He survived by helping the inmates to write letters to wives and lovers. In addition to significant poetic efforts wl Central”, “Leprosorio”his Pentagonia is a set of five reinakdo that comprise a “secret history” of post-revolutionary Cuba.


Family, Sexuality, and the Cuban Revolution.

Reinaldo Arenas July 16, — December 7, was a Cuban poetnovelistand playwright known as an early sympathizer, and later critic hal,ey Fidel Castro and the revolutionand a rebel of the Cuban government. He was able to collect enough paper this way to continue his writing.

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

In a suicide letter written for publication, Arenas wrote:. Inhe was sent to prison after being charged and convicted of “ideological deviation” and for publishing abroad without official consent.

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.