Bella María de mi alma (Beautiful Maria of My Soul) [NOOK Book]


En Bella Mar?a de mi alma, Oscar Hijuelos regresa a la apasionada historia que comenz? hace veinte a?os en Los reyes del mambo tocan canciones de amor.Mar?a es la gran belleza cubana que rompi? el coraz?n de N?stor Castillo. Es la inspiraci?n del gran ?xito de los Reyes del Mambo, Bella Mar?a de mi alma. Ahora, a los sesenta a?os y exiliada en Miami, Mar?a sigue siendo una belleza que llama la atenci?n al pasar. Y, aunque dej? Cuba hace muchos a?os, no ha sido capaz de olvidar a N?stor. Al evocar esos d?as (y sus...
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Bella María de mi alma (Beautiful Maria of My Soul)

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En Bella María de mi alma, Oscar Hijuelos regresa a la apasionada historia que comenzó hace veinte años en Los reyes del mambo tocan canciones de amor.María es la gran belleza cubana que rompió el corazón de Néstor Castillo. Es la inspiración del gran éxito de los Reyes del Mambo, Bella María de mi alma. Ahora, a los sesenta años y exiliada en Miami, María sigue siendo una belleza que llama la atención al pasar. Y, aunque dejó Cuba hace muchos años, no ha sido capaz de olvidar a Néstor. Al evocar esos días (y sus noches) en La Habana, María nos ofrece una perspectiva completamente nueva de la historia de los Reyes del Mambo. Bella María de mi alma es un deslumbrante acto de recreación, otro clásico contemporáneo de un escritor de talento extraordinario. La crítica ha dicho:«Disfruta el misterioso poder de un maestro que recrea su obra». Los Angeles Times«Se necesita mucho valor y un gran talento para crear una obra de la riqueza de Bella María de mi alma, e Hijuelos se ha salido con la suya». Cleveland Plain Dealer«Me enamoré al instante del alma gloriosa de Bella María de mi alma. Hijuelos ha dado vida a dos personajes inolvidables: la seductora protagonista y La Habana durante esos años que cambiaron su destino». Amy Tan, autora de El club de la buena estrella«En suma, estos encuentros finales logran una compleja intimidad que se ha gestado durante décadas y ha nacido de un anhelo palpable, como corresponde a un libro que, al fin y al cabo, lleva el título de una canción de amor». Chattanooga Free Press«Las mejores partes del libro, aparte de esas maravillosas historias de los hermanos Castillo nunca narradas hasta ahora, son las que muestran a Cifuentes en Miami, cuando los años le han dado la sabiduría de cuestionar algunas de sus decisiones». The Post and Courier«Retrato conmovedor de sueños rotos y remordimientos, esperanzas y desesperanzas, redescubrimientos y renacimientos, Bella María de mi alma ata los cabos sueltos de una historia de amor que murió con Néstor en Los reyes del mambo, pero que sigue muy viva en el alma de su canción, Bella María». Bookpage
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788483654316
  • Publisher: Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial España
  • Publication date: 10/24/2012
  • Language: Spanish
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Sales rank: 1,145,360
  • File size: 726 KB

Meet the Author

Oscar Hijuelos
With its lush writing and Proustian sensuousness, Oscar Hijuelos’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, established him as a great literary stylist. In subsequent books, Hijuelos, who enjoys experimenting with form and voice, has continued to explore memory, assimilation, and identity in the rich language that has become his trademark.


While reviewers often liken Oscar Hijuelos' dreamy, rich novels to the works of Gabriel García Márquez, Hijuelos himself takes exception to the comparison. These reviewers are "myopic," he told a writer for The New York Times. "I love Yeats and Flann O'Brien."

And the language in Hijuelos' novels is indeed as poetic as the language of his Irish heroes. When The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, the story of two Cuban brothers who move to Spanish Harlem in the 1950s to make their mark as singers, appeared in 1990, readers and critics waxed ecstatic about Hijuelos' writing.

Hijuelos, a second-generation Cuban-American who was born in New York City, writes about assimilation and identity, love and loss, and the power -- and pain -- of family life. In Our House in the Last World, Hijuelos' first book, he explores the world of memory and displacement, following the fortunes of a Cuban family transplanted to New York in the 1940s. In The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, for which Hijuelos received the Pulitzer Prize, Hijuelos created the Castillo brothers, Nestor and Cesar. Their story was recounted through Cesar's memories and fantasies, as he lived out his last days in a seedy hotel. In researching the book, Hijuelos steeped himself in Latin music from the period and in his own remembrances of his childhood on Manhattan's 118th Street. The result is a highly charged yet tender distillation of past, suffused with a crystalline sense of detail that brings Nabokov to mind.

Hijuelos attributes some of this obsession with memory to his heritage. "Latins are predisposed to thinking about the past," he told the Times. "Catholicism has a lot to do with it because Catholicism is a contemplation of the past, of symbols that are supposed to be eternally present."

With The Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O'Brien (1993), he took his exploration of memory in a different direction, telling the story from the perspectives of several female narrators, and stretching them across several generations. In 1999s Empress of the Splendid Season, he switched perspectives again for the story of a cleaning woman whose life is a stark counterpoint to that of her wealthy employer's. Three years later in A Simple Habana Melody, Hijuelos returned to "when the world was good," in 1920s Havana with a love story told by a Cuban composer whose infatuation inspires him to write the most famous song of his career.

Good To Know

Writers Donald Barthelme and Susan Sontag were among Hijuelos's teachers at City College of the City University of New York.
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    1. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 24, 1951
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., City College of the City University of New York, 1975; M.A.,1976

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