A beautiful young mulatto in long-ago Havana, Cuba, takes a white man into her bed. In itself, this act of love was more commonplace than remarkable. But Cecilia Valdés was the illegitimate daughter of don Candisdo, a wealthy slave trader and coffee baron. Her inamorato was Leonardo, don Candido's son. Such can be the stuff of tragedy. For highly acclaimed exiled Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas, it is the jumping-off place for hilarious farce -- risqué, absurd, wildly funny, and quintessentially irreverent.
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