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Havana Gold: The Havana Quartet [Paperback]

By Leonardo Padura & Peter Bush (Translator)
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Twenty-four-year old Lissette Delgado has been 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. When Lieutenant Conde is pressured by 'the highest authority' to conclude his investigation quickly, chance leads him into the arms of a beautiful redhead, a saxophone player who shares his love for jazz and Japanese fighting fish.
This is a Havana of crumbling, grand buildings, secrets hidden behind faded doors and corruption. Yet it is also a eulogy to Cuba: its life of music, sex and the great friendships of those who chose to stay and fight for survival.

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Pages   286
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2008
Publisher   Bitter Lemon Press
ISBN  1904738281  
ISBN13  9781904738282  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Leonardo Padura (La Habana, 1955) trabajo como guionista, periodista y critico, hasta lograr el reconocimiento internacional con la serie de novelas policiacas protagonizadas por el detective Mario Conde: Pasado perfecto, Vientos de cuaresma, Mascaras, Paisaje de otono, Adios, Hemingway, La neblina del ayer y La cola de la serpiente, traducidas a numerosos idiomas y merecedoras de premios como el Cafe Gijon 1995, el Hammett 1997, 1998 y 2005, el Premio de las Islas 2000 y el Brigada 21. Tambien ha escrito La novela de mi vida y El hombre que amaba a los perros, una trepidante reconstruccion de las vidas de Trotsky y Ramon Mercader, traducida a diez idiomas, vendidos sus derechos al cine y merecedora del Premio de la Critica en Cuba, el Francesco Gelmi di Caporiacco 2010 y, en 2011, el Premio Carbet del Caribe, el Prix Initiales y el Prix Roger Caillois. En 2012 Padura recibio el Premio Nacional de Literatura de Cuba. Herejes, una absorbente novela sobre un cuadro de Rembrandt y una saga judia que llega a nuestros dias, confirma al autor como uno de los narradores mas ambiciosos e internacionales en lengua espanola.

Leonardo Padura was born in 1955.

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One more good one!  Jun 28, 2008
This is the fourth of the Mario Conde books. This novel documents an interesting time in Cuban history, the tail end of the Soviet Union when Cuba's socialist system was working. Conde, as many of the protaganists in Cuban art, struggles against the need to be a part of the collective, which means reining in his free spirit. Great characters and an interesting glimpse of how in a socialist society, greed, jealousy and ambition push people to go past society's limits.

Lots of interesting details about CUban life in the 1980's, an era some call the "Golden Age" of Cuban socialism.
 
Magnificent Mystery  Jun 23, 2008
I recommend the entire Havana Quartet. This is the Mystery genre combined with that 'mysterious' thing we call Literature. In the not-too-distant future, when Havana is destroyed by MacDonalds, Starbucks, and Target, these books will no doubt recall a different era in Havana that one may look back to with nostalgia (not so different, perhaps, that one feels for New York City before it became something between Las Vegas and Disneyworld for the rich, famous, and wretched!). After reading the Quartet, I also recommend the other Mario Conde mystery entitled, "Adios, Hemingway." Another Mario Conde mystery set six, seven years later.
 
Excellent Havana police procedural  Jun 1, 2008
In 1989 Cuban police detective Mario Conde hates being a cop as he would have preferred to be a writer. However, no matter how he tries to romanticize his existence, he must eat and so cop he is. Drinking helps him when state sponsored corruption interferes with his investigation.

His current case makes him want to quit in order to turn into a 24/7 alcoholic. Someone murdered pretty Pre-University High School schoolteacher, Lissette Nunez Delgado. This particular inquiry hits home as Conde went to school here when he dreamed of becoming a Cuban Hemingway. As he interviews the headmaster, staff and pupils, Conde wonders what happened to his dreams and those of his countrymen.

The fourth Havana police procedural is a great tale (likes its colorful predecessors) that follows one year in the life of a dedicated cynical Cuban cop. The story line is fast-paced as Conde investigates the murder of a young popular teacher, but runs into bureaucracy from the school and his superiors. However, the key to this saga remains the disenchanted hero who struggles to do his job properly, which to him means solving the case, but to others connotes satisfying the state and the Party.

Harriet Klausner
 

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