The Halfway House

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New Directions Publishing Corporation
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5.1 X 0.4 X 7.8 inches | 0.3 pounds
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About the Author

Guillermo Rosales (b. Cuba 1946 - d. Miami, 1993) grew up in revolutionary Cuba where his father served in Cuba's diplomatic corps. He became a journalist and then a promising novelist. Yet, his work was denounced as "morose, pornographic, and irreverent" by the Communist Party, which led to his first nervous breakdown. Forced to leave the country for Miami, he suffered from schizophrenia, was in and out of psychiatric wards, then tragically, after destroying most of his unpublished manuscripts, shot himself at age 47.
The daughter of Cuban exiles, Anna Kushner was born in Philadelphia and has been traveling to Cuba since 1999. She has translated the novels of Norberto Fuentes, Guillermo Rosales, and Gonçalo M. Tavares. She has also translated works by Marcial Gala, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Leonardo Padura, all published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.


Perfect for the pool and beyond.--Joy Tipping
Confronting an impassive world, Guillermo Rosales has left us this painful, violent, and lyrical testament.
This book is a shot of light through the darkness of human misery.--Jeff Waxman
The characters in the halfway house are tragically beautiful and unforgettable.--Susan Salter Reynolds
We are fortunate to have this award-winning book finally available to English-speaking readers. Very powerful and gripping.--Bessy Reyna
It seems almost impossible to find so much cruelty in barely one hundred pages; but it's just that behind these terrible and moving one hundred pages there are thousands of pages, millions of sentences, that reveal an entirely destroyed universe. Indispensable.
The real brilliance is...its portrait of a man...reduced to the very cruelty he had tried to avoid.--Jascha Hoffman
A masterful kick-in-the-teeth...savagely beautiful.--Bill Marx
Hope inevitably implodes into disappointment, and love...curdles with the possibility of destruction.--Abigail Deutsch