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Reinaldo Arenas

Poet, novelist, and playwright, Reinaldo Arenas was born in Cuba in 1943. Arenas studied philosophy and literature at Havana University and later worked in the National Library. In 1973, Reinaldo was sent to prison after being charged and convicted for "ideological deviation" and for publishing abroad without official consent. Due to his opposition to the political regime and his open homosexuality in 1980, he moved to the U.S. as part of the Mariel exodus. Arenas settled in New York where he lived until his death from AIDS ten years later. His fiction includes his autobiography Before Night Falls and Farewell to the Sea.

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