This week, Cuban writer Leonardo Padura will read passages from his new novel on the assassination in Mexico of Leon Trotsky at the Casa de las Am’ericas’ Manuel Galich Hall. The book, El hombre que amaba a los perros (The Man Who Loved Dogs), has just been published by Tusquets in Barcelona. Excerpts from the text will appear in the next issue of the Casa de las Américas magazine, Casa.
Padura called the novel his most complex project from the historical and philosophical point of view. It focuses on Trotsky’s expulsion from Russia, his Riga-France-Norway journey, his arrival in Mexico, and subsequent assassination by Ramón Mercader. The text blends true events with fiction. Its title ipays homage to Raymond Chandler’s The Man Who Loved Dogs. Chandler is one of Padura’s favorite authors.