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The Assault a novel by  translated by Andrew Hurley  Reinaldo - First Edition - 1994 - from Bolerium Books Inc., ABAA/ILAB and

The Assault a novel

by Arenas, Reinaldo, translated by Andrew Hurley

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New York: Viking, 1994. Hardcover. 145p., very good first edition in quarter-cloth boards and unclipped dj. Remainder mark to bottom page edges at heel of spine. The Cuban American author found an unsympathetic reception in the US. He developed AIDS before taking his own life in 1990.

In this, the final volume in the series of five novels that constitute his "secret history of Cuba", Reinaldo Arenas paints a harrowing, and at times boldly entertaining, Kafka-esque picture of a dehumanized people living in a world where homosexuality is a crime punishable by death and a cockroach hunt makes for a national holiday. Narrated by a hate-filled government torturer who has become an agent for the "Bureau of Counterwhispering"," The Assault follows his travels through a blackly humorous shadowland as he winnow out whisperers, sexual deviants, and dissidents of every sort--until memory has been banished and spoken language has been nearly forgotten.


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