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“Reinaldo Arenas is a writer of tremendous talent; he is a force of nature, someone born to write.” Jose Lezama Lima
978-0-8021-3405-9 • $14.95 • Paperback • Sep. 1994
Reinaldo Arenas is the most highly acclaimed writer of Cuba’s post-revolutionary generation. The Doorman, his first work set in the United States, breaks new ground with the extraordinary and tragic story of Juan, a young Cuban refugee who becomes a doorman at a luxury apartment building in Manhattan. Oddly alienated from the tenants, Juan finds himself being seduced by their petsa bear, a rattlesnake, an orangutan, gold fish, cats, dogswho speak to him, determined to recruit him to their cause: a revolt against humans and human society, and a mass flight to liberty. Fantastic, satirical, dizzyingly inventive, The Doorman is a bittersweet parable about freedom and community, told with a profound sense of humanity.