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The Resource A simple Habana melody (from when the world was good) : a novel, Oscar Hijuelos

A simple Habana melody (from when the world was good) : a novel, Oscar Hijuelos

Label
A simple Habana melody (from when the world was good) : a novel
Title
A simple Habana melody (from when the world was good)
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Oscar Hijuelos
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
It is 1947 and Israel Levis, a Cuban composer whose life had once been a dream of music, love and sadness, is returning to Habana, Cuba, from Spain, where he has just recovered from the physical and spiritual malaise resulting from his experiences in Paris, then Buchenwald, during the Nazi occupation of France. (A devout Catholic, Levis had been mistakenly identified as a Jew because of his name.) When Levis arrives back in Habana, after an absence of many years, his mind is reeling with beautiful memories of his life in Cuba and in Paris before the war, a life of pleasure and excitement that he owes, in part, to an unrequited, nearly "chivalrous" romance with a certain Rita Valladares, a singer for whom Levis had written his most famous song, "Rosas Puras," or "Pretty Roses." This 1928 composition becomes the most famous rumba in the world and changes both American and European tastes in music and dance - forever; and it is the song, symbolic of the composer's love for Rita Valladares, that sets Levis's life in Europe in motion. This is at once a love story - for art, family and country - as well as a portrait of Habana at the turn of the last century, when "the world was good." A Simple Habana Melody is a virtuoso performance from one of our most important wr
Summary
Returning to Havana after years in Europe where he was tormented by people who believed him to be Jewish, Cuban composer Israel Levis remembers his love for singer Rita Valladares, for whom he wrote a song that has become the most famous rumba in the world
Storyline
Pace
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2002.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2002
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
067673
Cataloging source
LPU
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Hijuelos, Oscar
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Cuba
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Cubans
  • Paris (France)
  • Women singers
  • Havana (Cuba)
  • Composers
  • Composers
  • Cuban Americans
  • Musicians
  • Cuba
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
(from when the world was good)
Label
A simple Habana melody (from when the world was good) : a novel, Oscar Hijuelos
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm49808440
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
342 pages
Isbn
9780060175696
Lccn
2002512611
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)49808440
Label
A simple Habana melody (from when the world was good) : a novel, Oscar Hijuelos
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm49808440
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
342 pages
Isbn
9780060175696
Lccn
2002512611
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)49808440

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