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Havana Red

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This is the first of the Havana quartet featuring Lieutenant Mario Conde, a tropical Marlowe. A body is found in a Havana park. A young transvestite ... Show synopsis

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CRod

Cuba In Red

by CRod on Jul 23, 2009

Although the novel is a mystery, it manages to be more than that. The book is a realistic view of Cuba and issues of past repression of art and sexual minorities. Padura freely vents some of his anger and contempt for past government repression, and that seems remarkable, given the view in the US that free speech doesn't exist in Cuba. It seems that today, many formerly unspoken things can be said. His most recent book, Havana Fever, however, is even better at depicting daily life and the struggles people have faced at different times, especially under the embargo and after the Soviet collapse, though neither is mentioned explicitly. In both, he shares his love of books, including old and rare books, and books about Cuban history and ecology, which adds to the delight in reading.

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