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Singing from the Well

(The first book in the Pentagonia series)
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His mother talks piously of the heaven that awaits the good, and disciplines him with an ox prod. His grandmother burns his precious crosses for kindling. His cousins meet to plot their grandfather's death. Yet in the hills surrounding his home, another reality exists, a place where his mother wears flowers in her hair, and his cousin Celestino, a poet who inscribes verse on the trunks of trees, understands his visions.The first novel in Reinaldo Arenas's "secret history of Cuba," a quintet he called the Pentagonia, Singing from the Well is by turns explosively crude and breathtakingly lyrical. In the end, it is a stunning depiction of a childhood besieged by horror--and a moving defense of liberty and the imagination in a world of barbarity, persecution, and ignorance.


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"One of the most beautiful novels ever written about childhood." - Carlos Fuentes

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Hardback Editions

June 1987 : USA Hardback

Title: Singing from the Well
Author(s): Reinaldo Arenas
ISBN: 0-670-80805-9 / 978-0-670-80805-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Adult
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Paperback Editions

June 1988 : UK Paperback

Title: Singing from the Well(Cantando en El Pozo) (A King Penguin)
Author(s): Reinaldo Arenas
ISBN: 0-14-009444-X / 978-0-14-009444-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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