Damon Galgut’s fictionalized biography of E.M. Forster focuses on the British novelist’s unforgiving childhood in England, the process of writing his masterpiece A Passage to India and his repressed homosexuality. The narrative moves between England, Cairo and the vibrant absurdities of India circa the British Raj.
A deeply moving autobiography, highly critical of the Castro regime. Arenas tells the story of his youth in poor, rural Cuba, his time with Castro's rebels, and his emergence as a writer. Seen as a political dissident both for his political views and his homosexuality, Arenas fled to New York, where he died of AIDS in 1991 (shortly after this book was completed).