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Curtain call for the Cuban revolution...After 40 years, Havana has slowly disintegrated from the carnivalesque "showtime" of Cabrera-Infante's Three Trapped Tigers to the drably conformist, anesthetized wasteland of Jose Latour's brilliant new suspense novel, Outcast. In Latour's Havana, the decline of passion, creativity, and desire is less a result of random violence and political oppression than a function of bureaucratic conformity, petty political ambitions, and loss of nerve-not to mention, of course, the steady attrition of the island's dreamers, dissidents, and risk-takers to that other utopia to the north, the Cuban diaspora of Miami. With this important new release, Akashic Books introduces readers in the United States to José Latour and the harsh, tense, caustic tradition of Cuban Noir, of which he is an established master. The first Cuban crime novel to be published in the U.S., Outcast is a smart, multi-voiced, savagely unsentimental tale that blends cultural critique, personal discovery, and explosive violence to reveal the callous, impersonal dysfunction of both contemporary Cuban socialism and its self-congratulatory, free-market alternative in Miami.

The son of a Cuban mother and a U.S. laborer stationed on the island before the Revolution, the novel's protagonist, Elliot Steil, is a down-and-out school teacher in Havana. Quietly resigned to the tedium and simplicity of his life, he has, like many of his fellow Havanans, systematically distanced himself from all aspirations for a better future. Steil's hopes suddenly resurface when he is offered a "once-in-a-lifetime" chance to escape his current situation by a mysterious visitor to the island who claims to be a friend of Steil's late father. When the stranger quickly turns from savior to would-be assassin, Steil finds himself perilously immersed in the waters of the Florida Straits and in the images of a past that he had spent most of his adult life trying to forget. Steil survives the ordeal, but his journey to find his betrayer and to discover the mystery of his bicultural past lure him into the heart of Miami's Cuban underworld. In the end, the tangle of deceit, corruption, and mutual interest that binds Steil and his enemies results in a dramatic stalemate that perfectly embodies the complexity, and the cynicism, of late twentieth century capitalism.

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Titre : Outcast
Date de parution : février 2007
Collection : PAPERBACK
ISBN : 9780771046612 (0771046618)
Référence Renaud-Bray : 395522002
No de produit : 828220

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