Latin American Literature Series
Jose Lezama Lima
Translated by Gregory Rabassa

A classic of modern literature, Paradiso was first published in Cuba in 1966 and quickly hailed as a masterpiece by such eminent writers as Julio Cortazar and Mario Vargas Llosa. Written by Cuba’s most important poet, it tells the story of Jose Cemi, who, in the wake of his father’s premature death, comes of age in Cuba, “an island paradise where magic and philosophy twist the lives of the old Cuban bourgeoisie into extravagant wonderful shapes” (Washington Post).

Weaving the exhilarations and defeats of love into extraordinarily erotic verbal tapestries, Lezama Lima narrates Cemi’s search for his dead father and for the understanding of love and the powers of the mind.

Both an archetype and a cosmos of Cuban society, Paradiso is as perceptive and psychologically intricate as Proust’s view of France, and as vigorous and sometimes corroded as Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County.

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Translated by Gregory Rabassa
Publication: Latin American Literature Series
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 478
ISBN-13: 9781564782281
GTIN13: 9781564782281
Publication date: 12/1/1999
Language: eng
List price: $14.50