The Return of Felix Nogara by Pablo Medina
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A major new novel of exile by the author of the critically acclaimed Marks of Birth. Critics called Pablo Medina's first novel, Marks of Birth, deserving of "a prominent spot in today's literature of exile" (Washington Post). In his new novel--set in New York; Miami; and Barata, an imaginary island in the Caribbean--Medina again explores the condition of expatriation, this time from the vantage point of an exile who returns. Sent to the United States from his native Barata at the age of twelve, Felix Nogara moves from place to place, unable to assimilate, remaining attached to his homeland through the legacy of history, politics, and poetry he has inherited from his family. After the dictator who has ruled the island nation for two generations dies, Felix returns. With the help of a taxi driver who becomes his guide in the upside-down world of Barata, Felix sets out to find his mother and to reclaim the culture and history he considers duly his. In his travels, he encounters the past through the ruins of his city, the present in the whirlwind of politics that is shaking the country after the death of the dictator, and the future when he falls in love and marries the woman not of his dreams but of his waking. Writing in the tradition of Alejo Carpentier and Jos Lezama Lima, Medina draws upon sources as disparate as the chronicles of the Indies and other histories of the Caribbean, Don Quixote, and modern masters such as Mark Twain and Gabrel Garcia Mrquez to establish a dialogue between actuality and memory, fact and fancy. In Felix Nogara, he has created a universal character who embodies the exile's dilemma but who finally transcends his condition.
 

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Pablo Medina was born in Havana, Cuba, and came to New York City at the age of twelve. He is the author of eleven books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and translation. His sixth collection of poetry, Highway of Blazing Cars, is forthcoming from Hanging Loose Press. A recipient of numerous awards for his work, Pablo Medina resides in Boston and teaches writing, literature, and translation at Emerson College. Visit his website at pablomedina.org
 
Published January 1, 2000 by PERSEA BOOKS INC. 272 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Never quite sure what he’s doing in any given society, Felix has the true orphan's velleity, but he does understand from his father's history lessons that his Baratan soul, like his father's, consists of equal parts sentimentality, kitsch, and astounding talent for both loyalty and martyrdom.

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A Cuban native who writes about the exile experience, Medina serves up his most ambitious--and darkest--work to date in this second novel (after Marks of Birth and his memoir, Exiled Memories: A Cuban

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A Cuban native who writes about the exile experience, Medina serves up his most ambitious--and darkest--work to date in this second novel (after Marks of Birth and his memoir, Exiled Memories: A Cuban Childhood).

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