Bilingual Blues


Gustavo Pérez Firmat examines relationships, sex, and Cuban American life in this collection of accessible poems. Pérez Firmat, who writes with wicked humor and candor, handles both Spanish and English with seamless assurance. He is an economical and confident poet.

"Bilingual Blues is a gem of a book." –Virgil Suárez, author of Latin Jazz and editor of Iguana Dreams

"Bilingual Blues is full of truth, full of language, even in its silences. I salute this poet, and I listen to him." –Pablo Medina, author of The Marks of Birth

"A ventriloquist of astonishing power, Gustavo Pérez Firmat personifies the pilgrimage from the baroque Cuban spirit to the straightforward American mind. He is one of the best examples of linguistic schizophrenia I know." –Ilan Stavans, author of The Hispanic Condition: Reflections on Culture and Identity in America

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Gustavo Pérez Firmat
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Gustavo Pérez Firmat was born in Havana, Cuba, and raised in Miami, Florida. He holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Spanish, both from the University of Miami, and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Michigan. He has received numerous fellowships and awards, including a Guggenheim fellowship and a National Endowment for the Humanities senior fellowship. He is the author of several books of literary criticism including The Cuban Condition (1989) and Life of the Hyphen (1994); two volumes of poetry, Carolina Cuban (in Triple Crown, 1987) and Equivocaciones (1989); and a a forthcoming memoir, Next Year in Cuba. He currently teaches at Columbia University, where he is the David Feinson Professor in the Humanities.

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