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ISBN-10: 080213405X

ISBN-13: 9780802134059

Edition: 1991

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Arenas's first work set in the United States breaks new ground with the story of a young Cuban refugee who becomes a doorman at a luxury apartment building. Oddly alienated from the tenants, he is seduced by their pets, who are determined to revolt against humans and human society.
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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/6/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 204
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

The novel The Ill-fated Peregrinations of Fray Servando recreates in a poetic style, in which time, space, and character move on multiple planes of fantasy and reality, the life of Fray Servando Teresa de Mier, a Mexican priest famous for his hatred of the Spaniards. Mier denied even that the Spaniards had brought Christianity to the New World. Arenas begins with a letter to the friar: "Ever since I discovered you in an execrable history of Spanish literature, described as the friar who had traveled over the whole of Europe on foot having improbable adventures; I have tried to find out more about you." In a meditation on the nature of fiction, Arenas discovers that he and Servando are the same person, and author and character become one.

Reinaldo Arenas died in 1990.

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