City of God
City of God

Lambda Literary on Gil Cuadros

"The brevity of Cuadros' life, and the knowledge that he would soon die, adds a fierce urgency to City of God. He is in the company of visionaries such as David Wojnarowicz, who did not have the luxury of euphemisms or endless time. Here is a man who will not go quietly, who will not forget, who must leave a stain behind. Cuadros' writing is infected with justified anger; he has watched numerous friends and lovers die, the world around him is apathetic to his pain, and he is haunted by ghosts everywhere he looks. City of God is his attempt to tell his story and bear witness before everything is lost."—Arielle Burgdoff


“City of God is an unsparing account of devastation and empowerment in the age of AIDS. From the body’s first mysterious eroticism to its final humiliation and pain, Gil Cuadros gives voice to both the beauty and sorrow of our common fate. His writing cuts like a double-edged sword---at times artful and sharp, at times unfiltered and raw. This is an awesome and haunting book.” – - David Trinidad

“The sensual, the expressive, the daring, the transformed become the matryrs of every era, every family. Their memoirs, heroics are our most devastating works of art. Gil Cuadros’s story ‘Unprotected’ is a classic of AIDS fiction and deserves a place of honor in the mosaic of American writing.” - Sarah Schulman

“In a voice poised between plainspokenness and urgency, Gil Cuadros writes about the remnants of love in a devastated world. The poems and stories in City of God are as dire as they are beautiful, and sharp as a blow to the body.” - Bernard Cooper

“I accuse Gil Cuadros of literary seduction in the nth degree….He makes me read on when I want to cry….I do not want to look at his words, and yet I cannot take my eyes away. His images sooth, burn, inspire. I accuse Gil Cuadros of language abuse --- his stroke of silk, his pen a bludgeon. I accuse him of heart-bashing.” - Wanda Coleman