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EL ASALTO es la última novela de una pentagonía que comienza con Celestino antes del alba y continúa con El palacio de las blanquísimas mofetas, Otra vez el mar y El color del verano, para muchos su obra más importante. Según el propio autor EL ASALTO es tal vez la novela más cruel y antirretórica escrita en este siglo.
Reinaldo Arenas is one of the leading Cuban writers of the twentieth century. He was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1943. From 1974 to1976 he was incarcerated in the El Morro prison in Havana. He left Cuba in 1980 via the Mariel Boatlift along with125,000 other Cubans who were opposed to the ruling regime in Cuba. He settled in New York where he obtained the Cintas and Guggenheim fellowships, as well as the award for best foreign novelist published in France in 1969. On Friday, December 7, 1990, he ended his life. In a letter sent to the Horacio Aguirre, director of the Spanish newspaper Diario LasAmericas in Miami, he explained his reasons. The main reason was that due to his illness, he was unable to continue fighting for the freedom of Cuba.
EL ASALTO is the last novel in the pentagon that begins with CELESTINO ANTES DEL ALBA and continues with EL PALACIO DE LAS BLANQUISIMAS MOFETAS, OTRA VEZ EL MAR and EL COLOR DEL VERANO, for many it is his most important work. According to the author THE ASSAULT "is perhaps the most cruel and anti-rhetoric novel written in this century."