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Sirena Selena vestida de pena

Sirena Selena vestida de pena

by Mayra Santos-Febres
     
 

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Sirena Selena, un adolescente gay que se ha echado a la calle para ganarse la vida, posee un don especial: una voz dulce, cristalina, fresca "como el mismísimo mal de amores sobre la faz de la tierra". Y cuando Martha Divine, una vieja travestí dueña de un bar en Puerto Rico, descubre ese talento sin igual, decide "promocionar" al joven..

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Sirena Selena, un adolescente gay que se ha echado a la calle para ganarse la vida, posee un don especial: una voz dulce, cristalina, fresca "como el mismísimo mal de amores sobre la faz de la tierra". Y cuando Martha Divine, una vieja travestí dueña de un bar en Puerto Rico, descubre ese talento sin igual, decide "promocionar" al joven... aunque hay un "pequeño" detalle: en Puerto Rico es ilegal el trabajo de menores. Miss Divine, como manager, decide buscar otros horizontes donde este aspecto legal se menos rígido, y para ello se dirigen a la República Dominicana.
Sirena Selena vestida de pena es un excelente relato de un mundo de la sociedad caribeña y una magnífica elaboración de las ambigüedades de la sexualidad, escrito con un lenguaje fascinante y perturbador. Con esta primera novela, Mayra Santos-Febres explora el mundo de los travestis de una manera afortunada y con gran sentido del 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:
9781616058920
Publisher:
Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial USA
Publication date:
03/07/2012
Sold by:
PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE GRUPO EDITORIAL
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
858,680
File size:
478 KB

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