Firefly by Severo Sarduy

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Some authors are masters of plot. Others of character. But all too rare are the authors who possess the skill to enrapture with word choice. Severo Sarduy is one of these.
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Firefly is a dream-like evocation of pre-war Cuba, replete with hurricanes, mystical cults and slave-markets. The story is the coming-of-age of a precocious and exuberant boy with an oversized head and underdeveloped sense of direction, who views the world as a threatening conspiracy. Told in breathless and lyrical prose, the novel is a loving rendition of a long-lost home, a meditation on exile, and an allegory of Cuba’s isolation in the world.
 

About Severo Sarduy

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SEVERO SARDUY (1937-1993) was a Cuban poet, author, playwright, and literary critic, considered one of the best prose artists of the twentieth century. In 1972, he was awarded the Medici Prize for his novel Cobra. He pursued a variety of interests: in addition to publishing six highly acclaimed novels, he published several volumes of poetry, essays, and plays. He also painted, hosted a radio program, and, as editor at Editions du Seuil, introduced contemporary Latin American fiction to European readers. He was a leading intellectual in the Cuban Revolution. MARK FRIED is the translator of Eduardo Galeano’s Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone, Voices of Time: A Life in Stories, Soccer in Sun and Shadow, We Say No: Chronicles 1963-1991, and Walking Words; and Emilia Ferreiro’s Past and Present of the Verb to Read and to Write: Essays on Literacy.
 
Published March 5, 2013 by Archipelago. 177 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Vinton Rafe McCabe on Mar 19 2013

Some authors are masters of plot. Others of character. But all too rare are the authors who possess the skill to enrapture with word choice. Severo Sarduy is one of these.

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