Frigid Tales
Frigid Tales
Translated by Dick Cluster

Playing opportunely with realism and fiction, the sensational young Cuban writer Pedro de Jesús interlinks six stories in an inventive narrative of psychological darkness and sexual intricacy. In this tour de force of alienation and transgression, he captures the disaffected existence of a certain segment of gay, lesbian, and bisexual characters on the fringes of contemporary Cuban society

"The new Reinaldo Arenas."—El País

"All of the stories in Cuentos frigidos are very interesting and imaginative, full of dark humor and subtle insights."—Emilio Bejel, author of Gay Cuban Nation

"Sex is a preoccupation and, as the King of Siam would say, 'a puzzlement' in this debut collection of six coy, elusive stories from a young Cuban fiction writer . . . witty and accomplished."—Kirkus Reviews

"Despite the title, there is nothing frigid about these tales--what appears to be coldness is all on the surface. True, the characters of these six interrelated stories are often uncomfortable with their sexuality and sometimes believe they would be happier if they weren't so horny all the time, and true, too, Pedro de Jesus makes use of the cerebral and distancing forms of postmodern fiction, although he cannot resist descending into a realism he has been taught to disparage--in short, the stories are the product of a young man who believes that his libido is getting in the way of his art but nevertheless cannot hide his old-fashioned passion for love stories."—The Review of Contemporary Fiction

Title Frigid Tales
Translated by Dick Cluster
Publisher City Lights Publishers
BISAC Subject Heading FIC000000 FICTION
Title First Published 01 July 2002
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 112 p.
ISBN-10 0872863999
ISBN-13 9780872863996
Publication Date 01 July 2002
Main content page count 112
Dimensions 5 x 7.5 in.
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $11.95

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