Take A Trip To Havana’s Dark Side

Repeating Islands

Screen Shot 2017-03-11 at 12.16.53 AM.png

A review by Tim Swanson for The Sacramento Bee.

In the late 1980s, as the Soviet Union was collapsing and the flow of aid to Cuba became a trickle, the island nation entered an era of extreme poverty and isolation euphemistically called “The Special Period in Time of Peace” by Fidel Castro’s government.

While the country struggled to feed its people, a Cuban author named Leonardo Padura began searching for a way to address “the biggest problems of society: corruption, repression, hypocrisy, ideological erosion, opportunism and poverty,” as he later told the New Yorker. To do this, he turned to an unlikely genre: the detective novel.

Largely associated with postwar America, the detective novel had become surprisingly popular in Cuba, at one point representing as much as 40 percent of the books published there. However, the gumshoes in those works mostly were mouthpieces for the Communist government –…

View original post 247 more words


Categories: Featured

Tagged as:

Reply At Your Own Risk. Leave The Dumbfuckery At The Door.

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s