Riess, who is chair of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at Allegheny College, will give a presentation on Cuba at noon on Thursday, March 5 in Quigley Hall auditorium at Allegheny College. The public is invited.
A bilingual collection, “An Address in Havana” highlights Llana’s most critically successful stories, a mixture of fantasy and dark humor.
Llana’s short stories contain a rich and entertaining representation of a particular social class in Cuba during the last 40 years: the bourgeoisie who struggled to maintain their social status and participated only by default in the construction of the new socialist society. Portraits of family and twisted gender roles appear throughout the stories, within a mysterious domestic sphere that is unmistakably set in Havana. (more…)