Our House in the Last World

Overview

The debut novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, reissued in a new trade paperback format and design. Bearing all the hallmarks of Hijuelos's later work—exuberance, passion, honesty, and humor—this debut novel was heralded on its publication twenty years ago as "virtuoso writing...a novel of great warmth and tenderness" (New York Times Book Review). Filled with the sights and sounds of Cuba's Oriente province and New York City, the music and films of the fifties, lusty ...
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Overview

The debut novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, reissued in a new trade paperback format and design. Bearing all the hallmarks of Hijuelos's later work—exuberance, passion, honesty, and humor—this debut novel was heralded on its publication twenty years ago as "virtuoso writing...a novel of great warmth and tenderness" (New York Times Book Review). Filled with the sights and sounds of Cuba's Oriente province and New York City, the music and films of the fifties, lusty fantasies and the toughest of life's realities, it is the unforgettable story of Hector Santinio, the American-born son of Cuban immigrants, who is haunted by tales of "home" (a Cuba he has never seen) and by the excesses and then the death of his loving father. This edition includes a new autobiographical introduction by the author, reflecting on how he came to write Our House in the Last World, and a new afterword in which he comments on the story.

Author Biography: Oscar Hijuelos was born in New York City, where he still lives. He is the author of six novels, including Empress of the Splendid Season and A Simple Habana Melody (from when the world was good).

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Editorial Reviews

Edith Milton
''Our House in the Last World'' is a novel of great warmth and tenderness. . . . he never loses the syntax of magic, which transforms even the unspeakable into a sort of beauty.
— The New York Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The chaotic experience of Cubans transplanted to New York City throbs through the narrator's voice in this debut novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love . ``Elegiac as well as bittersweet and celebratory, the lusty tone of this novel compensates for its erratic structure,'' stated PW. (Oct.)
Library Journal
The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist launched his career with this 1983 title. The autobiographical work is the coming-of-age story of Hector Santino. Born in New York City to Cuban immigrants, Hector learns about his parent's native country and his heritage through their stories. This edition contains a new introduction and afterword by Hijuelos. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
The New York Times Book Review
“Never loses the syntax of magic...a novel of great warmth and tenderness.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892552832
  • Publisher: Persea Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/1983
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 790,751
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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