Havana, 2003, fourteen years since Mario Conde retired from the police force and much has changed in Cuba. He now makes a living trading in antique books bought from families selling off their libraries in order to survive. In the house of Alcides de Montes de Oca, a rich Cuban who fled after the fall of Batista, Conde discovers an extraordinary book collection and, buried therein, a newspaper article about Violeta del Rio, a beautiful bolero singer of the 1950’s, who disappeared mysteriously. Conde’s intuition sets him off on an investigation that leads him into a darker Cuba, now flooded with dollars, populated by pimps, prostitutes, drug dealers and other hunters of the night. But this novel also allows Padura to evoke the Havana of Batista, the city of a hundred night clubs where Marlon Brando and Josephine Baker listened to boleros, mambos and jazz. Probably Padura’s best book, Havana Fever is many things: a suspenseful crime novel, a cruel family saga and an ode to literature and his beloved, ravaged island.
Leonardo Padura has just released his masterpiece THE MAN WHO LOVED DOGS about the assassination of Trotsky, was born in 1955 in Havana and lives in Cuba. He is a novelist, essayist, journalist and scriptwriter. His Mario Conde Havana crime series has been published in Cuba, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, Germany and France.
Peter Bush is an award-winning translator who lives in Barcelona. As well as translating Padura's Havana quintet and Solana's Barcelona trio, he has recently translated short story collections by Quim Monzó and Francesc Serés from Catalan and surrealistic satires by Juan Goytisolo and Ramón Valle-Inclán from Spanish.
|Publisher||Bitter Lemon Press|
|Number of pages||305|
Havana Fever - Leonardo Padura
- Author: Leonardo Padura
- Product Code: 9781904738367
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