Bitter Lemon Press
June 01, 2008
5.11 X 0.82 X 7.84 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author
Leonardo Padura was born in 1955 in Havana. He is a prize winning novelist, essayist, journalist and scriptwriter. International fame came with the publication of the Havana Quartet, all featuring Lieutenant Mario Conde, of which Havana Black is the second to be available in English.The Quartet has been translated into seven languages and has won numerous prizes including Spain's Hammett Prize. Critically acclaimed translator known for extensive work on Juan Goytisolo. Also translated Daniel Chavarria and Pedro de Alarcon from Cuba. Leonardo Padura has just won the 2015 Princess of Asturias Literary prize for his life's work. This prize is said to be the Spanish Nobel Prize. Previous winners include Philip Roth, John Banville, Margaret Atwood, Amin Maalouf and Ismail Kadare. Padura is most famous for his Inspector Mario Conde novels, all published in English by Bitter Lemon Press.
Examples of previous Padura reviews: "'Havana Black' is a revelation. A lush, frank, captivating murder mystery."--Atlantic Monthly "A whodunit syncopated with brilliant riffs on Cuban sex, society, religion, even food."--The Independent "Well-plotted second volume of the seething, steaming Havana Quartet . . . a densely packed mystery."--Publishers Weekly "The subterfuges adopted by people in everyday life, particularly in a climate of repression, captured perfectly in Padura's steamy, heat-soaked pages."--The Guardian