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Havana Fever by Leonardo Padura
Book DescriptionHavana, 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781904738367
(198mm x 127mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Bitter Lemon Press
Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
Publish Date: 15-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Leonardo Padura
Man Who Loved Dogs, Paperback / softback (January 2015)
"Originally published in 2009 by Tusquets Editores, Spain, as El hombre que amaba a los perros"--Title page verso.
Havana Gold, Paperback (April 2008)
Twenty-four year old Lissette Delgado was beaten, raped, and then strangled with a towel. Marijuana is found in her apartment and her wardrobe is suspiciously beyond the means of a high school teacher. This novel presents a eulogy of Cuba, its life of music, sex and the great friendships of those who elected to stay and fight for survival.
Havana Red, Paperback (August 2007)
A body is found in a Havana park. A young transvestite dressed in a beautiful red evening dress, strangled. The victim had fled his family, finding refuge with Marques, an author living alone surrounded only by books, his house in ruins.
Havana Blue, Paperback (February 2007)» View all books by Leonardo Padura
Lieutenant Mario Conde is asked to investigate the disappearance of Rafael Morin, a high-level business manager in the Cuban nomenklatura. He remembers Morin from their student days that Morin always got what he wanted, including Tamara the girl he was after. While pursuing the case, Conde confronts his lost love for Tamara and his dreams.
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Author Biography - Leonardo Padura
Leonardo Padura was born in 1955 in Havana and lives in Cuba. He is a novelist, essayist, journalist and scriptwriter. Havana Fever has been published in Cuba, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, Germany and France.
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