Acclaimed poet, novelist and screenwriter Zoe Valdes was born in Cuba and fled to France as an adult in 1995. Almost overnight, she joined the ranks of the most revered Latin American writers with novels like 1997's Yocandra in the Paradise of Nada and 1999's I Gave You All I Had.
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French Liberatur Preis award for La Nada Cotidiana, 1997
|The Best Book to Read First|
|Yocandra in the Paradise of Nada: A Novel of Cuba|
Zoe Valdes, Sabina Cienfuegos (Translator)
Legendary author Oscar Hijuelos on Valdés fan favorite: "A refreshingly frank and uncompromising novel about a vivacious young woman coping with chaos, love, and the ups and downs of revolutionary life in Cuba. Entertaining and lusty, it evokes political stereotypes: there is no pro-Castro or anti-Castro agenda here, only the agenda of the self -- and the glorious 'self' at that. Zoé Valdés is a real writer."