Antes que anochezca

Antes que anochezca Cuban Writer Reinaldo Arenas Describes His Poverty Stricken Childhood In Rural, His Adolescence As A Rebel Fighting For Fidel Castro, And His Life In Revolutionary Cuba As A Homosexual Very Quickly The Castro Government Suppressed His Writing And Persecuted Him For His Homosexuality Until He Was Finally Imprisoned

Arenas was born in the countryside, in the northern part of the Province of Oriente, Cuba, and later moved to the city of Holgu n In 1963, 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 The following year, he began working at the Biblioteca Na

❮Epub❯ ➞ Antes que anochezca ➝ Author Reinaldo Arenas –
  • Hardcover
  • 317 pages
  • Antes que anochezca
  • Reinaldo Arenas
  • English
  • 14 March 2018
  • 9781852428082

10 thoughts on “Antes que anochezca

  1. says:

    Perhaps the single BEST MEMOIR I ve EVER read this work of art is excruciating There is no doubt that everything that occurred to Arenas happened and that here is testament of how the new wave of Cuban writers, lingering between Batista incited by him and his regime entering into the holocaust that is Communist Cuba by Castro, struggled died This voice was not extinguished, however.Arena s life is full of missteps, amazing accomplishments plenty of sex He s proud of himself, never apologizes His nemesis is not himself most writers are so full of inner demons Arenas is a rock of certainty and is so self aware but Castro Always effenCastro.It is sad that after all this, the Plague in NYC finally claims this intelligent, articulate and overly creative man It seems that all good things come to an end, but that is no reason to dismiss everything that exists in between.

  2. says:

    Surprisingly very good It s main message is freedom Freedom from repressive Cuban regime of Fulgencio Batista and the detestable one of Fidel Castro Freedom from the sexual discrimination against gays in the Communist Cuba and this explains the picture that Reinaldo Arenas 1943 1990 that homosexuality in Cuba was rampant The book is full of explicit sex scenes not only of homosexuality but bestiality I suspect that that was intentional in a way that Marquis de Sade 1740 1819 portrayed sex, sadism, murder in his libertine novel The 120 Days of Sodom as a protest against the French government prior to the French Revolution 1789 1799 He wanted to picture Cuba in the mind of the reader as full of homosexuals because homosexual acts were prohibited in Cuba.This biography or memoir is part of the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die so I bought this from .com almost 3 years ago I have been postponing my reading of this book because I thought it would be hard to read considering that Arenas was not an English native speaker writer However, I was surprised to find that that book was well written and his thoughts were organized and his plot was engaging There are just too many not only of sex scenes but poverty and oppression At first I thought that there was an irony how come there is oppression if sodomy can be seen at every corner of Cuban streets and that most male characters, even his relatives, are gay Then I remembered De Sade and his libertine novels.His boyhood in the rural town in Oriente and his young man s dreams while living in Holquin also in Cuba were painful to read Too much poverty his irresponsible father left his mother and so the young gay Arenas continued to look for a man to love and so he had so many male lovers as he felt that he was doing the search for his mom.Prior to this book, my knowledge of Cuban politics was limited to the news I used to see on television and that part of Che Guevara s life story in Jon Lee Anderson s Che Guevara A Revolutionary Life 4 stars However, this kind of oppressive regime is not new for Filipinos like me who was already a grown up and politically aware during the time of Ferdinand Marcos 1917 1989 as our dictator president for 21 years.Because of the irony I felt regarding the picture of homosexuality in Arenas Cuba, I am not sure if I got the true picture of the country during Castro s regime However, real or unreal, I did enjoy reading Arenas prose that I was able to finish this book despite the six other books that competed with my attention for the last two weeks I just could not put down this book in favor of let s say Beckett o Lourd de Veyra.My first time to read a Cuban writer and he was gay and he was too good that I did not care even a bit.I should read the 1001 books of the other Cuban novelists next Alejo Carpentier and Pedro Juan Gutierrez I did not know that there are these talented novelists who were born in Cuba Awesome.

  3. says:

    he lived a life whose beginning and end were indeed the same from the start, one long, sustained sexual act says Guillermo Cabrera about Arenas life And man oh man, he wasn t kidding There is so much sex in this book It makes me think that everyone in Cuba is a sexhound waiting to pounce on each other, only restrained by social s and or the repressive government and its forced status quo there is so much sex, it s funny In his childhood he s having sex with all these animals and these incidents end up in invariably faux pas hijinx when he talks about how his cousin or someone accidentally kills a chicken, and a whole bunch of his friends fuck a goat Man, that s some crazy sex Also, throughout the book, characters are constantly popping boners, everyone s outward feelings and aggressions, transgressions and character mannerisms are somehow translated back to their sexuality I liked this book, a whole fucking lot But man, it s crazier about sex than Benny Hill I read it a while ago I think he fucked a dog too, i can t remember But hey, you shouldn t get shelved on the idea of this guy as a bestial terrorist, it s nothing like that he s a sexual provocateur, and this statement is even alive within the context of his run ins with the government one of the most interesting parts of this book, i d say, is how he denies sexual encounters in prison The house of sexual implosion, rape city Homosexuals were faced with a supremely masculine cultural that was pressured to impress machoism and repress all aspects of feminine decor in men any country where beards are the jount are probably all about macho camraderie is that fair to say So he describes the terrors of not only being a political dissident in prison, but being a HOMOSEXUAL political prisoner which is like being on fire as you crash into a flaming wall So this section of a memoir completely devoted to the sexual apotheosis of the otherwise shelved sensual world is suddenly reversed when he has to bite his lip, hide his boner and try to avoid the sexual deviancy taking over in a prison that is a microcosm of the worst politics Cuba has to offer devoting its utmost energies to a fascist reversion of the homosexual contra that the system seems to be so convinced thereof Like i said, i liked this book a lot Although it sure did shine a pretty harsh light on the communist system, which i guess i had a lot of reserved hope for HERE, let me offer you up a pretty quote detailing the pitfalls of the system the difference between the communist and the capitalist system is that, although both give you a kick in the ass, in the communist system you have to applaud, while in the capitalist system you can scream And i came to the US to scream I think my biggest problem with the realities Arenas found in communism were the subversive actions of his supposed friends within a system that is supposed to be cooperative I guess an honest thing this book projects is the lack of hope for ideal structures in government and in life, and how the system never owned up to its own failings It merely reported a life that was not happening This book turned me against the likes of Gabriel Marcia Marquez and loads of Cuban poets who Arenas describes with scorn on account of their backstabbing too many poets who were not for or critical of the communist system I realized it is not fair to abash certain talented writers ad hominem for the sake of one poet s opinion of their character, but he paints a pretty grim light on certain figureheads with their backstabbing Oh well, it s his memoir, he can hate who he wants Besides, he went through tons of shit trying to identify himself in a country which he loved but which tried to damn him because of what they projected as a threatening liberal attitude It makes sense that his character was so repressed in the country of which he was so attached, that he came to the US just gushing with scathing denouncements for the people who betrayed him hmm, maybe that s a bit hypocritical as well Only human though In all, this book is a detached centrifuge, an image from his deathbed of the Cuba he knew represented himself and was as much a part of him as it wasn t represented in the regime which tried to quash his sensual enlightenment This book was his swan song that he had to deliver to the people and the place from a distance, and i suppose he was very bitter because of it, as he said the exile is a person who, having lost a loved one, keeps searching for the face he loves in every new face and, forever deceiving himself, thinks he has found it In a sense, this book is really sad, but i think it also offers up a very hopeful image of the human figure This one guy, a faggot writer with no sense better than any reasonably intelligent individual managed to stand up to a system which he just simply did not agree with, and while his death came before the regime s end, so that his stand in effect lost to the test of time, he still was able to project the poetry of his feat, the journey in a brilliant novel filled with immaculate sensations and the energy of a sexual hunger, the likes of which can only be compared to an overdrive of primitive necessity and fascinating devotion to the maddening human drive for affection and inspiration and need To leave on a quote, i like this oneTry to understand that he may be talking about a little than the muttering schizophrenic haunting his dilapidated apartment complex before he moved out of Cuba i have never understood madness too well, but feel that in a way insane people are angels who, unable to bear the realities around them, must somehow take refuge in another world

  4. says:

    I don t know if this is literature and I certainly didn t read it as if it was skipping around and skimming sections as I do with rock biographies but it feels true to me And Reinaldo Arenas writes about literature as one who loves it above all certainly above politics Not for him any alignment with Left or Right , and I agree completely, when the so called Left can behave as the leaders of Cuba did during the period that Arenas writes about here Not only that, but when supporters of Castro and the Left worldwide also participate in this repression.One of the most notorious examples of intellectual injustice in this century is Jorge Luis Borges, who was systematically denied the Nobel Prize simply because of his political views Borges is one of the most important Latin American writers of this century, perhaps the most important one however, the Nobel Prize was given to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the pastiche of Faulkner, personal friend of Castro s, and born opportunist His work, although not without merit, is permeated with cheap populism, and is not at the level of some other great writers who have either died in oblivion or been ignored.Sounds harsh Not when you consider that Marquez cheered Castro s repressive homophobic policies and criticised remorselessly the so called traitors who wished to leave Cuba at the height of their repression by rights Arenas should be far venomous And he s right the Nobel Prize is so often political, and so often prejudiced toward the Left And Marquez is not a patch on Borges Me, I think the whole point of literature is that it s beyond such concerns, and I think it s beautiful that Arenas could find such joy in reading aloud, with his friends, the poems of a man Borges who possibly could not have abided the sexually outrageous behaviour of these admirers Isn t that the point of literature communication As to that outrageous sexual behaviour, I don t buy the line that it s exagerrated I mean, maybe It s just possible Arenas saw the chance of mocking the would be guardians of Cuban morality by painting the place as a homosexual free for all, but even if so I applaud him for it F king Che Guevara posters what are they if not homoerotic anyway Besides, every time I see that guy I hear Alan Vega Che Che he s wearin a red star he s smokin a cigar and when he died the whole world lied said he was a saint but I know he ain t Self important middle class so called artists poncing around talking about revolution, read this book Sure, Castro stuck it to the powers that be in the United States, and maybe that s a good thing, but if you can t allow your citizens their fundamental rights then your revolution, no matter what its intent, has failed As Arenas says, there s repression in both Cuba and the States, but in Cuba you must remain silent about it, whereas in the States you can scream Remarkably, this book is not a scream, though at times it s bloodcurdling And in some way though Arenas himself convincingly denies it it s a story of heroism, the simple heroism of a man who must write, who can write only for himself, and who keeps writing no matter what they throw at him My kind of hero.

  5. says:

    Reinaldo Arenas, con voz de denuncia, narra las vivencias que tuvo naciendo en una dictadura, y viviendo en otra mucho peor Siendo homosexual, y un escritor que no apoya el r gimen ten a muchas razones para ser perseguido y encarcelado por contrarrevolucionario Las memorias de Arenas son fuertes, pero necesarias Grita en cada p gina, y sigue gritando hasta ahora.

  6. says:

    Un libro muy duro, autobiogr fico en los ltimos d as del escritor, consciente ya de la muerte que le acontece a cuentagotas, enfermo, resentido del dolor de los a os preso dentro y fuera de una c rcel, perseguido, desolado, desconfiando y traicionado por amigos y familiares Tiene muchos momentos desgarradores Por muchos considerado anti propaganda castrista, pero bueno,, hay que escuchar las dos campanas en lo posible, no

  7. says:

    Magn fico e brutal Felizmente h vidas que merecem ser contadas e a vida deste homem merece e muito ser conhecida Um homem, um escritor que foi muitas coisas, algumas delas contradit rias, mas que foi acima de tudo um defensor da liberdade absoluta Todos os admiradores de Fidel e que ainda acreditam que h ditadores maus e ditadores bons, deviam de ler este livro.

  8. says:

    Es la primera vez que tengo la oportunidad de leer un libro autobiogr fico y debo decir que fue sumamente impactante Las condiciones desdichadas a las que Arenas se ve expuesto son meramente reflejos de las ataduras de una sociedad reprimida Obligado a renegar sus ideolog as y preferencias sexuales, ste encuentra refugio en la escritura Plasma su postura anticastrista y las penurias por las que, no solo l, sino un sin n mero de cubanos, se ven afectados Marcando as un hito en la literatura latinoamericana La historia es sumamente admirable, aunque debo decir que hubo momentos en los que me result un tanto tedioso continuar la lectura, pero ya en las etapas finales de la misma se me hizo imposible despegarme Me pareci muy interesante las cr ticas que hizo no solo al gobierno de Castro, algo un tanto ir nico cuando lo lean entender n el por qu de ese comentario , sino a muchos escritores latinoamericanos de renombre que fueron testaferros de Castro.Algo que si he de mencionar es que a pesar de que este se or se ha ganado mis respeto y que voy a leer uno que otros de sus escritos, me pareci muy pendeja su forma de irse aunque entiendo sus condiciones ya para este tiempo , puesto que despu s de tantas adversidades que pudo superar y que es comprensible su tristeza y que ya no aguantaba m s, fue muy cobarde de su parte llegar a ese extremo.Al parecer los grandes tienen que irse de este mundo de manera dram tica Independientemente de ciertos baches, maravillosa pieza.

  9. says:

    Ma dopo vent anni di repressione, come avrei potuto stare zitto davanti a quei crimini E inoltre non mi sono mai considerato n di sinistra n di destra, n voglio essere catalogato sotto qualunque etichetta di opportunismo politico Io racconto la mia verit , come un ebreo che abbia sofferto il razzismo o un russo che sia stato in un gulag, come qualunque essere umano che abbia avuto gli occhi per vedere le cose come sono Libro che mi instilla vari dubbi.Dal punto di vista storico politico sicuramente un libro importante, anche se la credibilit viene minata da fanfaronate ed esagerazioni sulla sua vita privata 4000 amanti fino a 24 anni , brani e aneddoti molto numerosi che sembrano vanterie da adolescente, con descrizioni di amplessi fisiologicamente e acrobaticamente impossibili e che alla lunga potrebbero far venire dei dubbi sulla veridicit di alcune vicende raccontate anche se non riguardanti la vita privata dell autore.In una biografia, e in un uomo, tutto partecipa a stabilirne la credibilit e queste parti sono importanti per capire l uomo in questione.Nulla importa che siano storie omosessuali Sarebbe lo stesso se fossero eterosessuali.Le esagerazioni di stampo machista quindi possono influire sulla percezione della verit.Strano anche che non venga mai nominato Ernesto Guevara, uno dei protagonisti della rivoluzione cubana Mai citato in questo libro Uomo simbolo, forse pi di Castro per chi vive all estero, in tutto il mondo quando si parla di rivoluzionari che hanno cambiato la storia.Ci non toglie, per , che le storie raccontate da Ameras siano un bel pugno nello stomaco, che descrivono una realt piuttosto plausibile e simile a quella raccontata da altri scrittori su altre dittature Insomma, mi viene da pensare che la parte storico politica sia vera anche se non ho mai sentito Gianni Min raccontare storie del genere, ma lui era amico di Fidel un uomo buono, dice lui e viveva una realt falsata da quello che il regime voleva far vedere all estero e quindi dubito fortemente della sua obiettivit.Pensando a Min mi viene da riflettere rileggendo questo passo Scoprii un animale inesistente a Cuba il comunista di lusso Ricordo che durante un banchetto all Universit di Harvard un professore tedesco mi disse Posso capire che tu abbia sofferto nel tuo paese, ma io sono un grande ammiratore di Fidel Castro e apprezzo quel che ha fatto a Cuba In quel momento il professore aveva un enorme piatto di cibo davanti e io gli dissi Mi sembra bello che lei ammiri Fidel Castro, ma allora non pu finire il piatto che ha davanti, perch nessuna delle persone che vivono a Cuba, salvo gli alti funzionari, pu mangiare roba simile Presi il piatto e lo lanciai contro il muro Per lui non sono molto diversi dai fascisti I miei incontri con questa sinistra godereccia e fascista furono abbastanza polemici.Il governo cubano ha negato che ci fosse una persecuzione nei confronti degli omosessuali e ovviamente tutti questi illustri giornalisti hanno creduto a queste dichiarazioni.Mi chiedo come un giornalista come Min non si ponga il minimo dubbio su questi fatti continuando a idolatrare un personaggio di dubbia moralit.La parte della detenzione al morro piuttosto bella e angosciante, come anche la sua infanzia, appassionante da leggere Il libro alterna fasi bellissime per come scritto ad altre francamente banali e stereotipate ma penso che abbia a che fare con quella societ fortemente machista che lui stesso racconta avere influenzato moltissimo il suo carattere nonostante le sue inclinazioni sessuali.Per questi motivi l ho apprezzato ma non amato.Ci sono anche commenti curiosi su scrittori celebri e sue particolari riflessioni tipo questa Uno dei casi pi vistosi di ingiustizia intellettuale di questo secolo fu quello di Jorge Luis Borges, al quale venne sistematicamente negato il Premio Nobel per il suo credo politico Borges uno degli scrittori latinoamericani pi importanti di questo secolo, forse il pi importante ma nonostante questo il Premio Nobel lo hanno dato a Gabriel Garcia M rquez, scimmiottatore di Faulkner, amico personale di Castro e opportunista nato La sua opera, salvo qualche indubbio merito, piena di populismo, di cianfrusaglieria non arriva all altezza dei grandi scrittori morti nell oblio o trascurati per un libro che si deve leggere, almeno per eliminare un po quell alone di divinit che si dato negli anni a Fidel, dittatore come tutti i dittatori, e per porci delle domande sulla realt dei fatti che ancora oggi non poi cos chiara visto che le uniche cose che sappiamo di Cuba sono comunque quelle volute dal regime o quelle scritte e raccontate dai dissidenti, che per a quanto pare, e lo scrive anche Arenas in questo libro, spesso non vengono creduti.Per quella mancanza di Guevara mi puzza

  10. says:

    Il coraggio una follia piena di grandezza Quando Reinaldo Arenas inizi a scrivere la sua autobiografia era ancora giovane, era ancora a Cuba, la pi florida e per questo potente, pericolosa manifestazione della vita e della vitalit , cos nemica ai regimi Scriveva nei boschi, di nascosto, con il sole unico complice ogni giorno si affrettava a terminare, prima che arrivasse la notte.Quando Reinaldo Arenas termin la sua autobiografia era non di molto pi vecchio, malato di AIDS, in esilio Un altra notte minacciava di giungere, la morte Eppure, combattente fino all ultimo, mentre la sua sfacciata fortuna, che innumerevoli volte l aveva salvato, scivolava via, fu per sua stessa mano che mor , sottraendosi a chiunque e qualunque cosa avesse tentato di decidere della sua vita.Nella sua autobiografia, che ripercorre una vita umile eppure pulsante, energica, instancabile, che non si piega mai, Arenas intreccia gli affetti e le passioni e i tormenti gli uomini che l Isola ha offerto al suo desiderio insaziabile pi di cinquemila, proclama la passione della scrittura, soffocata dal regime, tradita dagli amici scrittori ipocriti, mai ripagata dagli editori stranieri i regimi, prima quello di Batista, poi quello di Castro, e quella brevissima, di una illusoria felicit , parentesi rivoluzionaria cui aveva pure aderito, salvo indovinare ben presto il colore dell operazione condotta dal lider maximo L a omosessuale , la scrittura, la politica sono le tre passioni di Arenas, ma anche i tre volti di Cuba, che l autore demolisce e ricostruisce in un infinito gioco di specchi Cuba l isola di sole e mare, di spiagge popolate di bei ragazzi, di amori urlati con vitalit e fierezza Cuba anche l immenso salotto letterario che Arenas e i suoi popolavano, un salotto umile, alla buona, pi una taverna che un circolo di intellettuali Cuba , ed diventata soprattutto, l isola del mare negato, delle spiagge popolate di militari, delle prigioni e dei campi di lavoro forzato.Con una scrittura dolce, ma che sa anche essere feroce, Arenas esalta la vita laddove il regime vorrebbe schiacciarla geniale intuizione che pag sulla sua stessa pelle, l unico modo per contrastare i regimi quello di esaltare la vita, e per uno scrittore omosessuale come lui, non c era provocazione migliore dell a omosessuale Tutte le dittature sono caste e antivitali, afferma Arenas e per questo canta di giovani belli e sani che urlano il loro a al mondo intero Non un caso che il regime l abbia arrestato proprio per questo per quanto fosse stata solo una scusa per nascondere all estero l arresto di un celebre scrittore per le sue posizioni politiche, viene da pensare che omosessualit e anticomunismo fossero una sola cosa, che Arenas fosse stato davvero pi pericoloso come omosessuale che come scrittore antiregime Sicuramente pi pericoloso di molti altri, che ben presto si sono piegati, ritrattando, riscoprendosi fedeli al regime la lista di traditori lunga, Arenas non risparmia nessuno, pure quel Marquez che giudica il pi ipocrita di tutti, sputando su quel Nobel che avrebbe attribuito a Borges, mal visto dal regime.Nei giorni di terrore a Cuba, un amico gli disse ricordati che la nostra unica salvezza la parola Scrivi E Arenas scrisse Adesso sta a voi leggerlo.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *