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Summer Reading 2020: ◦ The Doorman

Here's why LatinX chose The Doorman...

The Doorman is about a young Cuban refugee who becomes a doorman at a luxury apartment building. While being alienated by the tenants, their pets seduce the doorman. The pets plan to revolt against humans and human society.

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The Doorman

By Reinaldo Arenas

undefinedReinaldo Arenas is the most highly acclaimed writer of Cuba’s post-revolutionary generation. The Doorman, his first work set in the United States, breaks new ground with the extraordinary and tragic story of Juan, a young Cuban refugee who becomes a doorman at a luxury apartment building in Manhattan. Oddly alienated from the tenants, Juan finds himself being seduced by their pets–a bear, a rattlesnake, an orangutan, goldfish, cats, dogs–who speak to him, determined to recruit him to their cause: a revolt against humans and human society, and a mass flight to liberty. Fantastic, satirical, dizzyingly inventive, The Doorman is a bittersweet parable about freedom and community, told with a profound sense of humanity. - Grove Atlantic


“A remarkable writer as much for his talent as for his intellectual dignity.” –Octavio Paz

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This is LatinX's first summer read recommendation!


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