Reinaldo Arenas: narrativa de transgresión is the first full-length study about Arenas´s prose fiction published between 1967 and 1982. The book is divided into six chapters. The first chapter explores the levels of intertextuality in El mundo alucinante (Mexico, 1968); the second one is a comparative examination of El mundo alucinante and Virginia Woolf’s Orlando. Chapters three and four focus on Celestino antes del alba (La Habana, 1967). The underlying thread between both chapters is the analysis of the child narrator whose doubles, particularly the manifest double, offer a multiplicity of perspectives of the family world of the protagonist, and gives the reader vivid images of the social and political context of pre-revolutionary Cuba. Chapter five delves into the narrative voices of El palacio de las blanquísimas mofetas (Caracas, 1982), an experimental novel in which Arenas once again undermines the conventions of the realistic novel tradition. The last chapter of the book explores the political discourses that coexist in Otra vez el mar, the third novel of the pentagonía. The principal objective of the book is to demonstrate how the manipulation of history through a series of very imaginative textual strategies stimulates the reader to assess and criticize the social and political struggles of the Cuban people before and after the Revolution.
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