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By Severo Sarduy

Firefly is a dream-like evocation of pre-war Cuba, replete with hurricanes, mystical cults and slave-markets. the tale is the coming-of-age of a precocious and exuberant boy with a large head and underdeveloped feel of course, who perspectives the area as a threatening conspiracy. advised in breathless and lyrical prose, the radical is a loving rendition of a long-lost domestic, a meditation on exile, and an allegory of Cuba’s isolation on the planet.

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