Dirty Havana Trilogy

Dirty Havana Trilogy

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Dirty Havana Trilogy by Pedro Juan Gutierrez, Natasha Wimmer

Banned in Cuba but celebrated throughout the Spanish-speaking world, this picaresque novel in stories chronicles the misadventures of Pedro Juan, a former Cuban journalist living from hand to mouth in the squalor of contemporary Havana, half disgusted and half fascinated by the depths to which he has sunk. Like the lives of so many of his neighbors in the crumbling, once-elegant apartment houses that line Havana's waterfront, Pedro Juan's days and nights have been reduced by the so-called special times — the harsh recession that followed the Soviet Union's collapse — to the struggle of surviving the daily grit through the escapist pursuit of sex. Pedro Juan scrapes by under the shadow of hunger — all the while observing his lovers and friends, strangers on the street, and their suffering with an unsentimental, mocking, yet sympathetic eye.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060006891
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/28/2002
Edition description: First Ecco Paperback Edition
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 184,552
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Pedro Juan Gutiérrez is the author of several published works of poetry. He lives in Havana, where he devotes himself to writing and painting.

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Dirty Havana Trilogy 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
galdoriel More than 1 year ago
According to my email from UPS it was left at my front door but I never got it. I sent a email to UPS about this but they never got back to me! J.T.Robinson
Denise75 More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing, the stories were gritty and real from the author who lived it. I read this book 3 times, and will gladly read it again. This book is a complitation of short stories of the writer's life in Cuba. It gives insight to the poverty that the people endure, but their heart is relentless. Stories involve sex, lust, poverty, witchcraft, and alot more. Mostly it shows how the people are just simply trying to get by in such an oppressive land. Loved, Loved, Loved this book and will highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. You will not be disappointed. Kudos to Pedro Juan for writing such an amazing novel, under such difficult circumstance. I will be purchasing more books from this writer.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Gutierrez has drawn a picture of Castro's true Cuba: one of hunger, pain, disillusionment and lawlessness within a controlled society. Pedro Juan's novel is not for the faint hearted. You are drawn, and capitvated by the bowels of life in a communist country. You were drawn into the web and held captive. I could not put this novel down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Despite what the 'published' reviewers say, this is not an anti-communist treatise, nor is it a debased and underdeveloped character study. While presented as one man's experience as a Cuban in Cuba after the fall of the Soviet Union, it is a universally applicable portrayal of poverty in stricken times and the ends to which we all would go to eek out a little bit of happiness between the hours of misery. Naked, honest and definitely not for fans of 'empowering' fiction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thoroughly enjoyed this book. disturbed me and opened my eyes to what life is like for the masses in Cuba. also sexy in a very dirty degerative way and nothing is held back.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Following the collapse of the silver spoon better known as the Soviet Union, Castro decided to ¿reform¿ the Cuban economy in the early nineties. However, the slight change in what a local can own and sell has little effect on the disenfranchised intellectual community.

As an idealistic youth, Pedro Juan expected to become a great writer, but by early 1993, he can no longer deal with journalist reports that treat everyone as if they are morons. He quits his day job and becomes a Communist entrepreneur selling anything and everything including his body. At time he crosses the economic legal line and lands in jail. As he becomes more depravingly self-centered, Pedro Juan seeks wine, women, and weed with no hope for more than a bleak decaying future even with the beautiful Caribbean just outside his reach.

DIRTY HAVANA TRILOGY is a gritty, at times deliberately written in poor taste, series of grimy vignettes loosely tied together through the main character. The story line is not for the faint of heart as Pedro Juan Gutierrez paints a grim, gray look at modern Cuban society. Readers will loathe and sympathize over the downward spiral of the antihero, who compensates from a lack of mental activities with many me-me physical pursuits. Bluntly, Pedro Juan is a racist, sexist person, who deserves no empathy, yet manages to garner plenty from the audience. This novel is quite graphic sexually. It is also a no holds look at a decaying society that Pedro Juan symbolizes in every way possible, spiraling into depravity. This well-written quasi-autobiography will either bring adoring fans to the author or condemnation for bad taste without counting how Fidel will react.

Harriet Klausner