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Grove Press
Grove Press
Grove Press

The Doorman

by Reinaldo Arenas

‘reinaldo Arenas is a writer of tremendous talent; he is a force of nature, someone born to write.” –Jose Lezama Lima

  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Page Count 208
  • Publication Date September 09, 1994
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-3405-9
  • Dimensions 5.44" x 8.19"
  • US List Price $14.95

About The Book

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 pets–a bear, a rattlesnake, an orangutan, gold fish, cats, dogs–who 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.

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Praise

‘reinaldo Arenas is a writer of tremendous talent; he is a force of nature, someone born to write.” –Jose Lezama Lima

“Arenas belongs with that mesmeric company which has given us a new literature of phantasmagoria – Sabato, Carpentier, Marquez.” –Ben Belitt

“A remarkable writer as much for his talent as for his intellectual dignity. I am his reader and his admirer.” –Octavio Paz