20th century Cuban novelist
Few Cuban writers embodied the paradigm of frustration and brilliance of genius like Guillermo Rosales (Cuba, 1946 – Miami, 1993). Although he destroyed most of his work before committing suicide, The Halfway House survived and was published posthumously. A collection of short stories, Leap Frog, was published by New Directions in 2013.
“Very little is known about how an unknown writer like Guillermo Rosales came to be the writer of excellence who appears here, the possessor of a unique style and the author of what is, without a doubt, one of the best Cuban novels of the second half of the twentieth century, comparable only to the mythical Carlos Montenegro's Men Without Women or Reinaldo Arenas's famous memoir Before Night Falls.”
— Jose Manuel Prieto on Guillermo Rosales
“This posthumous translation of Rosales, a Cuban-American writer who committed suicide in 1993, delivers a raw, powerful story set in a Miami home for the mentally ill.... It's a frightening, nihilistic cousin of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.”