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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Reinaldo Arenas July 16, — December 7, was a Cuban poetnovelistand playwright known as an early sympathizer, and later critic of Fidel Castro and the revolutionand a rebel of the Cuban government.

Reinaldo Arenas

Inhe moved to Havana to enroll in the School of Planification and, later, in the Faculty of Letters at the Universidad de La Habanawhere he studied philosophy and literature without completing a degree. His writings and openly gay life 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 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 arebas 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:.

Reinaldo Arenas – Wikipedia

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.

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

In addition to significant poetic efforts “El Central”, reinzldohis 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 ChurchUS culture and politics. In this work was made into a filmdirected by Julian Schnabelin which Arenas was played by Javier Bardem.

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Pentagonia Before Night Falls.