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- DescriptionA brutally mutilated body is discovered washed up in the bay of Havana. The body of Miguel Forcade Mier, head smashed in by a baseball bat, genitals cut off by a dull knife. Forcade, once an official in the Cuban government responsible for the confiscation of the belongings of the bourgeoisie fleeing the revolution, was an exile in Miami. Had he really returned to Havana just to visit his ailing father? Conde immerses himself in the dark history of expropriations of works of art, paintings that have vanished without trace, corrupt civil servants and old families that lost much, but t everything. Here is the disillusion of Padura's generation, many of them veterans of the war in Angola, dealing with the catastrophe that followed the collapse of Russian aide in the 1990's and w discovering the corruption of those that preceded them. Yet a eulogy of Cuba, its life of music, sex and the great friendships of those who elected to stay and fight for survival.
- Author BiographyLeonardo Padura was born in 1955 in Havana and lives in Cuba. He is a novelist, essayist, journalist and scriptwriter. Havana Black has been published in Cuba, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, Germany and France. It is the second of the Havana Quartet of Lieutenant Mario Conde novels to be published in English. Peter Bush is a critically acclaimed translator from Spanish, well known for his extensive work on Juan Goytisolo. He has recently completed translations of Daniel Chavarria, Nuria Amat and Pedro de Alarcon and that of Havana Red.
- Author(s)Leonardo Padura
- PublisherBitter Lemon Press
- Date of Publication06/04/2006
- SubjectCrime, Thriller & Adventure
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBitter Lemon Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight254 g
- Width129 mm
- Height198 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Translated byPeter Bush
- Format DetailsB-format paperback
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