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It's 1947 and Israel Levis is returning to Habana after living through the Nazi occupation of France. His heart is filled with longing for his secret love and protege, and nostalgia for the glory days of the Cuban capital at the turn of the last century, "when the world was good."
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Oscar Hijuelos's sixth novel, A Simple Habana Melody, is as much a love song to prewar Cuba as the "simple melody" at the center of the book. That tune, named "Roses Puras," was written by Hijuelos's protagonist, the aging composer Israel Levis, in the 1920s for his protégé and secret love, the singer Rita Valladares. The novel is set just after World War II, when Levis has returned to his childhood home in Havana after many years in Europe, at first in Paris, then in Buchenwald, where he was interned by Nazis who ignored the crucifix around his neck and focused only on his Sephardic name. The bittersweet feelings Levis bears toward "Rosas Puras" ("Beautiful Roses"), his best-known song, were further complicated when a German officer, who had gathered some musically gifted inmates for a concert, asked him to play this catchy old tune, unaware that Levis had written it. But this is not primarily a war novel; it is a novel of memory, a series of visits to the beautiful, vanished world of Levis's childhood and youth seen through the lens of his later suffering. Written with the same richness of detail, sensuality, and musicality of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1990, A Simple Habana Melody contains even greater emotional depth and narrative complexity. --Regina MarlerAbout the Author:
Oscar Hijuelos was born of Cuban parentage in New York City in 1951. He is a recipient of the Rome Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, among others. His five previous novels have been translated into twenty-five languages.
Oscar Hijuelos nació de padres cubanos en Nueva York en 1951. Sus otras novelas incluyen Mr. Ives' Christmas, The Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O'Brien, Our House in the Last World y A Simple Havana Melody (Una Sencilla Melodía Habanera). Vive en Nueva York.
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Book Description Center Point Publishing, USA, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: Good (ex-library). Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. Large Print. 352 pages. Item Type: Large Print. Dust jacket is fixed to boards with clear, self-adhesive laminate. Ex-library with usual marks, stamps, stickers. It's 1947 and Israel Levis is returning to Habana after living through the Nazi occupation of France. His heart is filled with longing for his secret love and protege, and nostalgia for the glory days of the Cuban capital at the turn of the last century, "when the world was good." Quantity Available: 1. Category: Fiction; General; ISBN: 1585472980. ISBN/EAN: 9781585472987. Inventory No: 11120288. The photo of this book is of the actual book for sale. Seller Inventory # 11120288