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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Espanol (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 9780307475831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307475831
  • ASIN: 0307475832
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Las obras de esta cubana exiliada pudieran ser descritas como audaces experimentos que rompen las fronteras entre los géneros. Es como si Ray Bradbury se hubiera casado con Michael Ende y coqueteara a veces con Anaïs Nin.  (Críticas Magazine)

La isla de los amores infinitos hace una suerte de radiografía poética de la nacionalidad cubana... Con su fascinante simbiosis de crónica social y de elementos sobrenaturales, de situaciones dramáticas o rebosantes de humor, la nueva obra de Daína Chaviano es un homenaje a la capacidad universal de los seres humanos para sobrevivir y restaurar sus heridas en medio de las circunstancias más adversas, y un singular tributo al poder redentor de la fantasía y del amor. (Tiempos del Mundo)

Siempre he pensado que hay narradoras así, que tienen el don de encandilar: la danesa Karen Blixen, la haitiana Edwigde Danticat, la chilena Isabel Allende en sus cuentos. Al leer la última novela de Daína Chaviano La isla de los amores infinitos, viene a mi mente esta tradición. (El Nuevo Herald)

About the Author

Daína Chaviano nació en La Habana (Cuba) y vive en EE.UU. desde 1991. Considerada una de las escritoras más importantes de su generación, mientras vivió en Cuba, publicó varios libros de fantasía y ciencia ficción, convirtiéndose en la autora más vendida y admirada dentro de ambas vertientes en la historia de su país. Después de abandonar la isla, en 1991, se ha destacado por una serie de novelas donde aborda asuntos más contemporáneos e históricos con fuertes elementos mitológicos y fantásticos, que le han valido varios premios literarios internacionales, entre ellos el Premio Azorín de Novela (España, 1989), siendo la primera cubana que ganara ese galardón.

Entre sus obras más conocidas se encuentran El hombre, la hembra y el hambre, Historias de hadas para adultos, y La isla de los amores infinitos, la novela cubana más traducida de todos los tiempos con ediciones en 26 idiomas.

Sitio Oficial: dainachaviano.com  

More About the Author

Daína Chaviano (b. Havana, Cuba). In 1979 she received the David Prize for Science Fiction for Los mundos que amo. After this, she published several fantasy and science fiction books. She established the first science fiction literary workshop in Latin America. Later she worked as a screenwriter for television shows for children, youths, and adults. She was a TV and radio emcee, and acted in some independent films.

In 1991, she moved to Miami, Florida (USA), where she lives since then. Outside Cuba she has published País de dragones, a short-story collection for young adults; a poetry book, Confesiones eróticas y otros hechizos; and the series of novels «The Occult Side of Havana», consisting of El hombre, la hembra y el hambre; Casa de juegos; Gata encerrada; and La isla de los amores infinitos (The Island of Eternal Love), that has become the most widely translated Cuban novel of all time with editions in 25 languages.

Daína Chaviano has received several international recognitions, like the Anna Seghers Award (Berlin Academy of Arts, Germany, 1990); Azorín Prize for Best Novel (Spain, 1998); Goliardos International Award for Fantasy (Mexico, 2003); Guest of Honor at the 25th International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts (Fort Lauderdale, 2004); and Gold Medal for Best Book in Spanish Language (Florida Book Awards, 2006).

Recognized as the most prominent contemporary Cuban author of science fiction and fantasy, Daína Chaviano exercises equal virtuosity in the traditional (mainstream) narrative mode. She melds realistic and historical elements with aspects of science fiction, fantasy, and Gothic literature. Her themes encompass mythology, ancient history, sociology, parapsychology, eroticism, politics, and magic, all developed in a language filled with poetic, sensual imagery.

Her works have been described as "wild experiments in genre-busting. It's as if Ray Bradbury married Michael Ende and frolicked occasionally with Anaïs Nin." (Críticas Magazine, USA, Jan-Feb. 2004)

Customer Reviews

Very well written.
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It was not because it was in Spanish, and a little harder for me to read.
Robin L. Piet
I highly recommend this to anyone who has interest in Latin Literature.
Silvia

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Guyi 2406 on February 3, 2008
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No conocia a esta autora, primera vez que leo algo suyo. Es un libro maravilloso, me atrapo como hacia tiempo no lo hacia ninguna novela, es magico. Ademas, como emigrante Venezolana me toco profundamente como narra el nacimiento del comunismo en Cuba. Quiero leer mas libros de Diana.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By N. Marinas on September 6, 2007
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This is a delightful book and a step above most of the new Spanish novels I have read recently. The four stories intertwined flawlessly combining mystery, romance, and fantasy. I highly recommend it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Silvia on December 23, 2009
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This book tells the story of simple extraordinary people living in difficult times.
It gives the reader a side of Cuba which most don't know, specially is you are not from Cuba, which I am not. It describes in detail the fascinating dynamics of the cultural mixtures that make the island what it is today. The book goes back and forth between Miami at current times and the stories of the Cuban characters in Cuba, after all Cecilia is also Cuban. I found myself wanting more and more of the stories and reading faster through the current time chapters. I loved the combination of superstition and the supernatural in the story line.

I highly recommend this to anyone who has interest in Latin Literature. I hold a degree in Spanish Literature and I found it filled with great information and message about the Cuban culture. A must read for students who are focusing on Caribbean Hispanic history and culture.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. Hernandez on May 21, 2008
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Una amiga me regalo este libro sabiendo mi interés por la lectura y que me identificaría con muchos de los sucesos de la narración. Creo que ha sido el mejor obsequio que he recibido en los últimos tiempos. La autora tiene un gran talento y cautiva al lector desde la primera página. Me interesó mucho el trabajo de Daina Chaviano y ya compre El hombre, la hembra y el hambre. Si leen esta novela créanme que no se van a arrepentir.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. Torres on February 18, 2010
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Una obra maestra con mucha inteligencia y sensibilidad. Tiene una trama apasionante donde se unen las tres principales etnias que componen la cultura Cubana: la Espanola, la Africana y la China. No conocia previamente a esta gran escritora y menos conocia el hecho de que la cultura China representa el tercer eslabon de la cultura Cubana. Es impresionante ver como ella construye magistralmente la historia de estas tres familias que provienen de distintos rincones del mundo. Este libro me atrapo de principio a fin y espero leer mas obras de esta escritora en el futuro.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Miguel Artiles on March 29, 2009
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Este libro trata una historia bien tramada, uniendo magistralmente varias ramas de un mismo árbol genealógico. Te mantiene en suspenso todo el tiempo y al mismo tiempo es una gran historia de amor. Se pasa un rato bien agradable con la lectura de este magnífico libro.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Arteaga on July 8, 2007
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Es un libro con el cual me identifique mucho, no pude soltarlo hasta que me lo acabe, tambien me gusto mucho el hombre el hambre y la hembra, los recomiendo los dos
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Oscar L. Vazquez on December 29, 2010
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Cecilia, una joven exilada cubana, periodista investigadora descubre una noche de copas a Amalia, señora entrada en años, en un bar de Miami dando así comienzo a una amistad que le abre a Cecilia a la historia de la vida de Amalia y sus origenes. Unos origenes excepcionales - china, mulata y blanca española - contandole en medio de conversaciones las biografías de sus parientes desde que nacieron en Cuenca, Cantón o la plantación antillana hasta que sus descendientes terminan cruzandoce en el camino de los otros, amandoce y mezclandoce entre si, pero cada vez que iba profundizando en su historia, Analia va introduciendo a la joven en un mundo casi mágico del contexto caribeño algo desarraigado en ella forzandola a volver a sus raices y completando así el ciclo que la señora tenía destinado cerrar con la joven.
Una novela entretenidisima a caballo entre China, España y Cuba que abarca un período histórico de casi 150 años y que nos describe a través de sus personajes el crisol de razas antillano, sus costumbres, idiosincracia, sincretismo religioso y un poco de la cultura e historia de la isla desde la época colonial a la actualidad. Muy original la licencia que se toma la escritora de entrecruzar personajes de "El hombre, la hembra y el hambre" con esta novela. Ambas magníficas obras literarias del genero tradicional.
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