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Havana Lunar

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One hungry, hallucinatory night in the dark heart of Havana, Mano Rodriguez, a young doctor with the revolutionary medical service, comes to the aid of a teenage jinetera named Julia. She takes refuge in his clinic to break away from the abusive chulo who prostituted her, and they form an unlikely allegiance that Mano thinks might save him from his twin burdens: the dead-end hospital assignment he was delegated after being blacklisted by the Cuban Communist Party and a Palo Monte curse on his love life commissioned by a vengeful ex-wife. But when the pimp and his bodyguards come after Julia and Mano, the violent chain-reaction plunges them all into the decadent catacombs of Havana's criminal underworld.

Inspired by fifty years of Cuban literary noir, from Cold Tales by Virgilio Piñera to Reinaldo Arenas’ Before Night Falls, Robert Arellano’s Havana Lunar intertwines an insider testimony on the collapse of socialist Cuba with a psychological mystery.

From Publishers Weekly

Dec 01, 2008 – In the weeks before Hurricane Andrew sweeps down on Cuba in 1992, Dr. Mano Rodriguez is caught up in intrigue in this thoughtful, lushly detailed neo-noir from Arellano (Don Dimaio of La Plata). Constant hunger is the order of the day, a week's pay from the pedi trico purchases either a liter of gasoline or eight ounces of coffee: By the summer of 1991 everything stopped. Fidel called it the Special Period. In this almost fantastical world, a teenage prostitute named Julia enlists Mano's help in escaping from her pimp. Much Spanish dialogue, with prompts in English on more difficult words, deepens the sense of locale. And how do you deal with murder in a police state that has zero tolerance for homicide and doesn't know the meaning of a cold case? The title comes from a blemish under Mano's right eye, a small hemorrhage shaped like Havana. How he got the mark as a boy is one of the many horrors of life in Castro's Cuba.
Havana Lunar
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  • Category: Literary
  • Published: Mar 01, 2009
  • Publisher: Akashic Books
  • Seller: Perseus Books, LLC
  • Print Length: 200 Pages
  • Language: English
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