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Blanquiimas helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The second novel in the Pentagonia, this is a phantasmagoric novel of adolescent rebellion and political revolution. Paperbackpages. Published August 1st by Penguin Books first published September 4th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about The Palace of the White Skunksplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about The Palace of the White Skunks. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet dd on Listopia. Dec 28, Leslie added it. Of the many perspectives in this book, the one that felt like a resting place from utter despair was that of a thirteen year old girl who had already committed suicide and was commenting from beyond the grave. That is to say, this book is sad.

This is not surprising, as it’s semi-autobiographical, and Reinaldo Arenas is the writer made recognizable to contemporary US mofstas by the movie Before Night Falls. I picked it up expecting something different, put it down, picked it up again, Of the many perspectives in this book, the one that felt like a resting place from utter despair was that of a thirteen year old girl who had already committed suicide and was commenting from beyond the grave.

I picked it up expecting something different, put it down, picked it up again, and allowed it to move me, maybe a little too much, as I felt fairly despairing myself as I was reading it. It takes a while to settle into Arenas’ free-flowing language. When you do, it’s lovely, easily spliced into your own thoughts– if you are willing to allow your own thoughts to be, yes, rather sad. Dec 17, Chris Campanioni rated it really liked it.

One of the best books I’ve read in awhile–and also one of the most challenging. This carries the same emotional weight as his more famous memoir, Before Night Falls. Jan 10, Jordy rated it it was amazing Shelves: If it weren’t for coming upon this book by chance amid a crammed bookstore, I would not have relearned my love for literature. I cry sometimes, just thinking of parts from this book For me, no expression of existential dread has ever been more clear, unforgiving, and spot-on This translation into English is superb.

Pallacio way you can. La historia es narrada de forma muy compleja. Muchos eventos se contradicen y se salta en el tiempo y se repiten eventos con detalles diferentes y a diferentes puntos de vista. Pero esos momentos son sorpresivamente pocos. La escritura de Arenas siempre ha tenido algo muy pos-moderno en ella. En ocasiones, se me antoja la vida del autor y mofeetas familia. Oct 01, John Dizon rated it it was amazing. Reinaldo Arenas’ Palace of the White Skunks is a searing indictment of the pre-Castro social system in Cuba, railing as much against its crushing poverty as the mindlessness of its military campaign against the rebels seeking to overthrow the Batista regime.

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The novel centers on Oriente Province, se Fortunato Arenas and his family move from their dirt-floor hut to the nearby town of Holguin. Largely autobiographical in nature, the story features Polo, Adolfina and their live-in relatives wh Reinaldo Arenas’ Palace of the White Skunks is a searing indictment of the pre-Castro social system in Cuba, railing as much against its crushing poverty as the mindlessness of its military campaign against the rebels seeking to overthrow the Batista regime.

The Palace of the White Skunks by Reinaldo Arenas

Largely autobiographical in nature, the story features Polo, Adolfina and their live-in relatives who go from one private hell to another as the deprivation takes on demonic proportions. When it seems as if it can get no worse, the horrors of war break through with a force that places the family la the brink of madness. Arenas’ writing skills are in full display as he blends prose and narrative rich in allegory, transporting the reader through a series of dream sequences as beheld through the eyes of different characters in the novel.

His aunts Digna, Jacinta, Celia and Esther are all survivors along the bleak landscape, expecting to find their lot improved by the move to Holguin.

Only they find themselves next door to a guava paste factory where they earn a living making boxes for pitiable wages. As the clarion call to war is sounded, the rebels become as scavengers living off the land while the Government is killing its own citizens in a wave of paranoia.

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Fortunato himself becomes a victim in the wrong place at the wrong time. Unlike his other novels, Arenas fails to boast of his own sexual perversions, focusing entirely on the plight of the Cuban campesino and the ravages of war. The biographical movie on Arenas, Blnaquisimas Night Fallshints at the author’s ability yet does not do justice to works such as this. For those seeking literary works on the Cuban experience, The Palace is definitely one not to be missed.

Dec 10, Richard rated it it was amazing Shelves: In this, the second book of five about revolutionary Cuba, Arenas brings us into the city to continue on the life of Fortunato, the boy narrator introduced in Singing from hlanquisimas Well. Fortunato is older now, and the narrative reflects this maturity by following a more chronological format. But his torment, misery and anger is no less. Always in the background is the gunfire of the revelution which captivates Fortunato and eventually ensnares him.

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While less difficult than Singing from the Well, The In this, the second book of five about revolutionary Cuba, Arenas brings us into the city to continue on the life of Fortunato, the boy narrator introduced in Singing from the Well.

Yet both books are extraordinary. Anyone interested in reading Latin American authors must include Arenas. Jul 17, roberrrrrrrrrrrrrrrt rated it it was amazing.

Feb 25, Frankie rated it liked it Mofefas Sep 05, Angela rated it it was ok Shelves: Well-written but seriously depressing stuff. At times hallucinatory and at times merely repetitive and annoying.

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Inhe moved to Havana to enroll in the School of Planification and, later, in the Blanquosimas of Letters at the Universidad de La Habana, where he studied philosophy and literature without completing a degree. His Hallucinations was awarded “first Honorable Mention” in although, as the judges could find no better entry, no First Prize was awarded that year. His writings and openly gay lifestyle were, bybringing him into conflict with the Communist government.

From to he was a journalist and editor for the literary magazine La Gaceta de Cuba. Inhe 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 blanquissimas 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 Inas part of the Mariel Boatlift, he fled to the United States.

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