Nazragore It is a story that reminds me more of the Inferno of Dante which I recently read than life on earth, even recognizing that we do not live in a paradise. Adesso sta a voi leggerlo. His writings and openly gay lifestyle were, bybringing him into conflict with the Communist government. And Marquez is not a patch on Borges.

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In , he moved to Havana to enroll in the School of Planification and, later, in the Faculty of Letters at the Universidad de La Habana , where he studied philosophy and literature without completing a degree. His writings and openly gay life were, by , bringing him into conflict with the communist government. From to he was a journalist and editor for the literary magazine La Gaceta de Cuba.

In , he was sent to prison after being charged and convicted of "ideological deviation" and for publishing abroad without official consent. He escaped from prison and tried to leave Cuba by launching himself from the shore on a tire inner tube. The attempt failed and he was rearrested near Lenin Park and imprisoned at the notorious El Morro Castle alongside murderers and rapists.

He survived by helping the inmates to write letters to wives and lovers. He was able to collect enough paper this way to continue his writing. However, his attempts to smuggle his work out of prison were discovered and he was severely punished.

Threatened with death, he was forced to renounce his work and was released in In a suicide letter written for publication, Arenas wrote: 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 I want to encourage the Cuban people abroad as well as on the Island to continue fighting for freedom.

Cuba will be free. I already am. 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. 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.

As is evident and as critics such as Francisco Soto have pointed out, the "child narrator" in "Celestino", Fortunato of "The Palace A constant theme in his novels and other writing is the condemnation of the Castro government, although Arenas also critiques the Catholic Church , US culture and politics.

In this work was made into a film , directed by Julian Schnabel , in which Arenas was played by Javier Bardem.


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