Sirena Selena vestida de pena / Edition 1

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Sirena Selena is a gay teenager with a gifted voice. When she leaves home to make her way in the world, she meets bar-owner Martha Divine, an old transvestite who decides to “promote” the young girl. Sirena Selena vestida de pena is a brilliant portrayal of a world within Caribbean society and a superb exposition of the sexual ambiguities of human beings, written in a fascinating and disquieting manner. In this debut novel, Mayra Santos-Febres explores the world of transvestites with a great sense of humor.
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Arguably the most famous novel by 2009 Guggenheim fellow Santos Febres, this is the story of Sirena ("mermaid") Selena, a teenage Puerto Rican transvestite with an enchanting voice and a complicated past, who flies to the Dominican Republic with his/her manager, Martha Divine, an older and wiser crossdresser, in an attempt to find success as a hotel singer. Using first and third person narrators, the author explores the emotional, mental, and physical challenges of male sexuality and its transformations within the context of a traditional, superstitious, and classist Caribbean society. Mimicking the nostalgic and tragic aura of the boleros (the kind of songs that Serena learned from her grandma), the language is lyrical and melodic, with tints of humor. The time line of events is sometimes confusing, but the author does a great job of unfolding a story of ambitions and lack of opportunities, mixing flashbacks from Serena's life in the streets, Martha Divine's standup routine, and stories about the characters that work at the hotel. Recommended for public libraries with a Spanishlanguage Caribbean literature or LGBT collection.—Angela Lang, New York, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788439704607
  • Publisher: Editorial Grijalbo
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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