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The Assault: A Novel

ISBN13: 9780140157185
ISBN: 0140157182
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $15.0
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
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Pages: 176
Average Goodreads rating: 3.78/5 (149 ratings)

In this, the final volume in the series of five novels that constitute his "secret history of Cuba", Reinaldo Arenas paints a harrowing, and at times boldly entertaining, Kafka-esque picture of a dehumanized people living in a world where homosexuality is a crime punishable by death and a cockroach hunt makes for a national holiday. Narrated by a hate-filled government torturer who has become an agent for the "Bureau of Counterwhispering"," The Assault follows his travels through a blackly humorous shadowland as he winnow out whisperers, sexual deviants, and dissidents of every sort--until memory has been banished and spoken language has been nearly forgotten.