Leonardo Padura Fuentes in English


Leonardo Padura Fuentes—perhaps Cuba’s best known contemporary writer—began his writing career as an investigative reporter in Havana for the literary magazine El Caimán Barbudo. He built on that investigative experience in his writing of Las cuatro estaciones (Havana Quartet), the four novels featuring his jaded, world-weary, literature-loving detective Mario Conde. In Padura Fuentes’ detective fiction, Conde moves through a Havana noir, a paradoxical space of beauty and decay, exuberance and scarcity, hope and corruption. During a recent visit to London in connection to the publication of the translation into English of the fourth volume of his quartet, Padura Fuentes gave an interview to The Independent in which he speaks about his love of his city and his need “to hear the people in order to find my stories, my language and my atmosphere, to find the sense of reality.”  Stuart Evers, writing for The Guardian, argues that “Leonardo Padura’s Havana continues a grand tradition of thrillers which turn their settings into characters.” “The opening five pages of Havana Red,” he writes, “are a stunning example of what can be achieved in crime fiction. It’s simple, atmospheric and a superb introduction to Padura’s overwrought, erratic yet entertaining style.”

For Evers’ review of Havana Red go to http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2009/feb/25/crime-fiction-setting-padura

For the interview in The Independent see http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/leonardo-paduras-revolution-in-crime-832684.html

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