About the author: Ileana C. Zendegui was awarded her PhD from Florida International University in 2001 and is lecturer in Spanish in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Miami, Florida. Her areas of specialization are Spanish American Fiction and Caribbean Literature, and she is currently researching the work of Enrique Labrador Ruiz.2004 0-7734-6434-4
This study focuses on the works of Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas, one of the most prolific and controversial Latin American authors in the second half of the 20th century. Through the analysis of the five novels of the pentagony and other texts, this study follows the tragic journey of the antihero protagonist, from adolescence into adulthood, registering the correlation between his existential crisis and the narrative historical discourse. Despite the ostracism Reinaldo Arenas suffered for ten year, this study illumines how he established through his work a meditative dialogue with himself and the common man; this perspective formulates a permanent literary and philosophic reflection with thinkers and writers of his country and the West, as a basis for a rejection of the Cuban reality. The resultant interdisciplinary and postmodern dialogue constitutes one of the most significant and distinctive contributions of his work.