A reader wrote yesterday in response to our post onn Cuban singer Benny Moré (Tribute to legendary Cuban singer Benny Moré) to say that the novel by Daína Chaviano that features Moré as a character has been recently published in English by Riverhead/Penguin. It has, in fact, and here’s what the author’s website has to say about the novel:
In an effort to escape her solitude in Miami, Cecilia takes refuge in a bar, where she meets Amalia. After this first encounter, Cecilia returns there every night in order to hear, from the woman’s own lips, three stories that began a century ago, in different corners of the world: a suicide in China that unleashes a chain of family reactions; a strange curse that pursues certain women in a Spanish town; and a young woman seized from her home on the African coast and transported to an unfamiliar world.
These characters’ lives will become entwined over time, from Cuba under Spanish colonial rule to the present day. Ardent, predestined loves from the past will gain renewed strength in Cecilia, who is emotionally tied to her Havana birthplace, but who is also obsessed by the mystery of a phantom house that appears and disappears throughout the city of Miami, and whose secret she is attempting to discover.
The Island of Eternal Love is an historical family saga with many plot lines and an atmosphere charged with mystery. Published in more than twenty languages, it has become the most widely-translated Cuban novel of all time.
This is the fourth work in Daína Chaviano’s «The Occult Side of Havana» series. It was awarded the Gold Medal for Best Spanish Language Book (Florida Book Awards 2006).
Chaviano is one of Cuba’s most original writers, and one of only a handful of Latin American writers to explore the occult and science fiction in her work. You can find more about her at www.dainachaviano.com.
Thanks to Ernesto for the information.