Havana Blue

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Havana Blue

By Leonardo Padura; Peter Bush (Translator)

Bitter Lemon Press, Paperback, 9781904738220, 244pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2007


Praise for "the Havana Quartet: "

Overlaid with a rich smoky patina, an atmosphere that reeks of slums and riches, cigar smoke and exotic perfumes. "Havana Black" is a strong tasting book, a rich feast of wit and feeling. "The Independent"

Drenched with that beguiling otherness so appealing to fans of mysteries of other cultures, it will also appeal to those who appreciate the sultry lyricism of James Lee Burke. "Booklist"

A great plot, perfectly executed with huge atmosphere. You can almost smell the cigar smoke, rum and cheap women. "Daily Mirror"

"Havana Red, " another winner from Bitter Lemon Press. "The New York Times"

Lieutenant Mario Conde is suffering from a terrible New Year's Eve hangover. Though it's the middle of a weekend, he is asked to urgently investigate the mysterious disappearance of Rafael Morin, a high-level business manager in the Cuban nomenklatura. Conde remembered Morin from their student days: good-looking, brilliant, a reliable comrade who always got what he wanted, including Tamara, the girl Conde was after.

But Rafael Morin's exemplary rise from a poor barrio and picture-perfect life hides more than one suspicious episode worthy of investigation. While pursuing the case in a decaying but adored Havana, Conde confronts his lost love for Tamara and the dreams and illusions of his generation.

About the Author
Leonardo Padura was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1955. A novelist, journalist, and critic, he is the author of several novels, two volumes of short stories, and several nonfiction collections. His novels featuring the detective Mario Conde have been translated into many languages and have won literary prizes around the world. "The Man Who Loved Dogs" was a finalist for the Book of the Year Award in Spain. Padura lives in Havana.

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.