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Paradiso (novel)

Paradiso is a novel by Cuban writer José Lezama Lima, the only one completed and published during his lifetime. Written in an elaborately baroque style, the narrative follows the childhood and youth of José Cemí, and depicts many scenes which resonate with Lezama's own life as a young poet in Havana. Many of the characters reappear in Lezama's posthumous novel Oppiano Licario, which was published in Mexico in 1977.

The novel relates Cemí's struggles with a mysterious childhood illness, describes the death of his father, and explores his homosexuality and literary sensibilities. He lives in the world of pre-Castro Havana, and the Cuban Revolution only appears as a secondary plot. Some of the later chapters incorporate narrative experiments in which several alternating stories, set during widely divergent eras and having no immediately apparent connection with José Cemí, are interwoven and eventually merged. (In a letter to Julio Cortázar, Lezama explained that these chapters represent Cemí's dreams after the death of his father.) Because of the graphic homosexual scenes and the novel's ambivalence towards the political situation of the day, Paradiso encountered controversy and publication problems. Today it is widely read in the Spanish-speaking world but has not achieved the same fame in English-speaking countries despite a translation by Gregory Rabassa.

Despite having written one of the most accomplished novels in Cuba's history, Lezama said he never considered himself a novelist, but rather a poet who wrote a poem that became a novel. Paradiso can thus be considered a kind of long poem, just as well as a neo-baroque novel.

The novel was originally published in Cuba in an edition regarded by the writer Julio Cortázar as being highly unsatisfactory, in part because of Lezama's poor punctuation and stylistic errors. With Lezama's blessing, Cortázar personally edited the text for a subsequent Mexican edition, correcting "thousands of errors and ambiguities."

Paradiso (Amsterdam)

Paradiso is a music venue and cultural center located in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Paradiso (Fiction Plane album)

Paradiso is a live DVD released by the rock band Fiction Plane on 23 March 2009 through XIII Bis Records.

Paradiso (Dante)

Paradiso (; Italian for " Paradise" or " Heaven") is the third and final part of Dante's Divine Comedy, following the Inferno and the Purgatorio. It is an allegory telling of Dante's journey through Heaven, guided by Beatrice, who symbolises theology. In the poem, Paradise is depicted as a series of concentric spheres surrounding the Earth, consisting of the Moon, Mercury, Venus, the Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, the Fixed Stars, the Primum Mobile and finally, the Empyrean. It was written in the early 14th century. Allegorically, the poem represents the soul's ascent to God.

Paradiso (Marika Gombitová song)

Paradiso is a song by Marika Gombitová released on Jumbo Records in 1994.

The music for the lyrics by Kamil Peteraj wrote the singer, while a video was directed by Katarína Ďurovičová, winning in addition the annual Zlatý Triangel award in 1995. Apart from being issued on the artist's nine studio set Zostaň.

Paradiso (Hayley Westenra album)

Paradiso is an international album by Christchurch, New Zealand soprano Hayley Westenra, in collaboration with Italian maestro Ennio Morricone. It was released worldwide beginning 18 April 2011 in New Zealand.

Paradiso features new compositions written by Morricone for Westenra, as well as Hayley performing some of his best-known film compositions in vocalese. Westenra also contributed new English lyrics for some of Morricone's most well-known pieces, " Gabriel's Oboe", "La Califfa", and "Malena". Westenra said she not only was inspired by "Gabriel's Oboe" (the theme from the 1986 film classic The Mission), but also contributed lyrics to Whispers In A Dream (music:"Gabriel’s Oboe") in the spirit of world peace.

Morricone produced all of Westenra's vocal performances and created new arrangements for each track, conducting instrumental sessions with his own 120-piece orchestra, Sinfonietta di Roma. On 18 July 2011, Morricone commented, "When I first heard Hayley’s voice I was impressed and fascinated. I was very pleased when I was asked to compose and arrange the pieces that Hayley sings on her CD and am delighted with the results. I want to mention that this is not just a small anthology but also includes new songs performed and recorded for the first time... I wish our CD great fortune and many listeners and to this beautiful performer, a great career." Oscar-winning lyricist Don Black, Sir Tim Rice, and Marilyn and Alan Bergman also contributed lyrics to the multi-language album (including some English and Italian songs, a French and a Portuguese song).

Paradiso became the 85th local #1 album since the inception of the Official New Zealand Music Charts in 1975. It has been certified gold in New Zealand, and had broken the record for the New Zealand artist with the most #1 albums to their name announced by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (Rianz) in May. It rose from the #3 position on 14 July 2011 to #1 on 26 August on the Amazon Classical pre-release chart, and topped the HMV Classical pre-release chart from 14 July until its release on 29 August.

Paradiso hit #1 on the official UK Classical Charts, as well as the Classic FM chart, after its release in the UK. It also reached #2 on the Amazon.com US classical chart after release in the United States.

Paradiso (Turin Metro)

Paradiso is a Turin Metro station, located in Corso Francia near Via Pogdora. It is the first station in Collegno territory.

It was part of the first section of the line, opened in 2006.

The platforms feature decals by Ugo Nespolo.

Paradiso (surname)

Paradiso is an Italian surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Amerigo Paradiso (born 1962), Italian footballer
  • Angelo Paradiso (born 1977), Italian footballer
  • Joseph A. Paradiso, American academic
  • Vincent Paradiso, American ballet dancer