Havana Red (Paperback)
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"A magnificent novel. Haunted by the tragic story and passion of its characters."--"Magazine Litteraire"
The first of the Havana quartet featuring Inspector Mario Conde, a tropical Marlowe. A young transvestite in a beautiful red dress is found strangled in a Havana park. Conde's investigation into a violent murder exposes a stifling, corrupt society, a Cuban reality where nothing is what it seems. A dark and fascinating world of men and women born in the revolution who live without dreaming of exile and seek their identity in the midst of disaster.
Leonardo Padura lives in Cuba. He is a novelist, essayist, journalist and scriptwriter. "Havana Red" has won numerous literary prizes, including the Hammett prize in Spain.
About the Author
Leonardo Padura was born in 1955 in Havana. He is a prize winning novelist, essayist, journalist and scriptwriter. International fame came with the publication of the Havana Quartet, all featuring Lieutenant Mario Conde, of which Havana Black is the second to be available in English.The Quartet has been translated into seven languages and has won numerous prizes including Spain's Hammett Prize.
Monica Waitzfelder has directed opera at the Paris National Opera, the Theatre du Chatelet, and other French and international venues. Serge Klarsfeld is one of the foremost historians on the fate of the Jews in France during World War II. He has published a dozen books on the subject, including "French Children of the Holocaust: A Memorial" and "Remembering Georgy: Letters from the House of Izieu. "Peter Bush is vice president of the International Federation of Translators, and has won numerous awards for his translations.