"A lewd, impious and brilliant novel of contemporary Cuba. In the brutality of his honesty, Mr. Gutierrez reminds one of Jean Genet and Charles Bukowski." --New York Times
Dirty Havana Trilogy chronicles the misadventures of Pedro Juan, a former journalist now living hand to mouth in and around Cuba, half disgusted and half fascinated by the depths to which he has sunk. Collecting garbage, peddling marijuana or black-market produce, clearing undesirables off the streets, whoring himself, begging, sacrificing to the santos, Pedro Juan scrapes by under the shadow of hunger--all the while surviving through the escapist pursuit of sex. Pedro Juan's unsentimental, mocking, yet sympathetic eye captures a shocking underbelly of today's Cuba.
Banned in Cuba but celebrated throughout the Spanish speaking world, Gutierrez's picaresque novel is a fierce, loving tribute to Havana and the defiant, desperate way of life that flourishes amid its decay.