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The halfway house

by Rosales, Guillermo,

Format: Print Book 2009
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Fiction Stacks FICTION Rosales
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor - Fiction Stacks
Call Number  FICTION Rosales
Never before available in English,The Halfway House is a trip to the darkest corners of the human condition. Humiliations, filth, stench, and physical abuse comprise the asphyxiating atmosphere of a halfway house for indigents in Miami where, in a shaken mental state, the writer William Figueras lives after his exile from Cuba. He claims to have gone crazy after the Cuban government judged his first novel "morose, pornographic, and also irreverent, because it dealt harshly with the Communist Party," and prohibited its publication. By the time he arrives in Miami twenty years later, he is a "toothless, skinny, frightened guy who had to be admitted to a psychiatric ward that very day" instead of the ready-for-success exile his relatives expected to welcome and receive among them. Placed in a halfway house, with its trapped bestial inhabitants and abusive overseers, he enters a hell. Romance appears in the form of Frances, a mentally fragile woman and an angel, with whom he tries to escape in this apocalyptic classic of Cubanliterature.

"Behind the hardly one hundred pages,"Canarias Diario stated, "is the work of a tireless fabulist, a writer who delights in language, extracting verbs and adjectives which are powerful enough to stop the reader in his tracks."
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This posthumous translation of Rosales, a Cuban-American writer who committed suicide in 1993, delivers a raw, powerful story set in a Miami home for the mentally ill. William Figueras, a 38-year-old writer who, like the author, is an exile from Cuba and suffers schizophrenia, is deposited in a "boarding house" by his aunt, because "nothing more can be done." His writing was deemed "morose, pornographic, and also irrelevant" by the Cuban government, and now he has grown as hopeless and abandoned as the other desperate outcasts who inhabit the shabby home owned by the miserly Mr. Curbelo and run by a beer-guzzling flunky named Arsenio. Figueras despises the other residents and clearly recognizes how they are being exploited by Mr. Curbelo and Arsenio, yet out of his own state of self-debasement, he joins in the cruelty. Briefly, hope inspires him in the form of a new female inmate, and together they plan an escape. However, life outside promises to be more treacherous than staying in the ward. It's a frightening, nihilistic cousin of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Halfway houses -- Florida -- Fiction.
Exiles -- Florida -- Fiction.
Cubans -- Florida -- Fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Publisher New York :New Directions,2009
Other Titles Casa de los náufragos.
Contributors Kushner, Anna, translator.
Language English
In English, translated from the Spanish.
Notes Translation of: Casa de los náufragos.
"A New Directions paperbook original."
"New Directions paperbook (NDP1144)"--T.p. verso.
Description 121 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780811218023 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0811218023 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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