A Greek Love: A Novel of Cuba

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5.67 X 8.35 X 0.71 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

Zoé Valdés was born in Cuba in 1959 and worked with UNESCO and the Cuban Cultural Office in Paris between 1983 and 1988. In exile in France since 1995, she has been a screenwriter and assistant director of the magazine Ciné Cubano. Her bestselling debut novel, Yocandra in the Paradise of Nada, brought her international acclaim--she was once dubbed "the Madonna of Cuban literature"--and she has written many more novels, including I Gave You All I Had and The Weeping Woman, both published by Arcade. Winner of the Planeta Prize, Azorín Prize, and Premio de Novela Ciudad de Torrevieja, she received the Tres Llaves (Three Keys) to the city of Miami in 2001. She lives in Paris.

David Frye teaches anthropology and Latin American culture and society at the University of Michigan. As a professional translator he has published more than thirty books in translation, ranging from Heart of Tango (2010) by the Spanish novelist Elia Barceló and the sixteenth-century picaresque novel Lazarillo de Tormes (2015) to the poetry of Nancy Morejón. He resides in Ann Arbor.


"This spare, beautifully written novel encompasses the whole world and the enduring geography of love in all of its expressions. Zoé Valdés has given us a heroine whose fierce and loyal love of her family and families is inspiring and unforgettable. This novel is a journey and a mournful, joyous song "--Marita Golden, author of The Wide Circumference of Love

"[A Greek Love is] a deceptively simple book, like all things Cuban. Zoé Valdés is so good at shining a light on the pages that are not there by showing us the ones that are. Her Cuban characters are brave, but they are also, realistically, a product of a totalitarian regime where silence is survival. All of that is present in this short page-turner. As is, of course, in true Valdés fashion: love."--Vanessa Garcia, author of White Light

"Unforgettable."--Daniel Fernández, Nuevo Heraldo

"This novel lifts a song of hope."--Le Soir

"Zé, as is often the case with Zoé Valdés's characters, incarnates--along with a naturalness and spontaneity of spirit that are her strength as well as her weakness--a force of life that refuses to be contained, a call to freedom, a take on the world that evades constricting codes and other shackles."--Le Matricule des Anges

"This beautifully-written novella packs so much into so few pages! I loved the peek into Cuban life, as well as all the lovely descriptive details the author included."--Hello Little Home

Praise for A WEEPING WOMAN, winner of the Azorín Prize
"The Weeping Woman interweaves present and past with intelligence and humor . . . Many of the leading Parisian avant-gardists--Guillaume Apollinaire, Leonor Fini, Juan Gris, Max Jacob, Wifredo Lam, André Lhote, Kiki de Montparnasse, Man Ray--are conjured with fidelity and charm." --The New York Times Book Review

"If you're looking for a book that portrays flaws, anger, human suffering, exile, trauma, sex, and survival--pick up Valdés's book. She brings Dora into the light, and reveals the debilitating power so often afforded to men to crush and break women, and how women prevail."--Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas

"We are steeped in the history, drama, and even mundaneness of the Surrealist era, with a colorful cast of characters that includes Man Ray, Paul Éluard, and the master himself, Picasso. . . . Valdés reveals Maar to be more than just Picasso's model for his portrait The Weeping Woman but an inspiring artist in her own right." --Booklist

"Zoé Valdés rescues Dora Maar from Picasso's clutches." --ABC

"The Weeping Woman is a book about 'someone who separates herself from her work to dedicate herself to genius.'" --El País

"Zoé Valdés is a very important Cuban writer who lives in exile in France. She is very well known in the Spanish-speaking community for the quality of her work and for her courageous fight against Cuban dictatorship in particular and, in general, her criticism of all authoritarian and totalitarian regimes, and for her permanent defense of human rights and journalists and writers who are persecuted all over the world."--Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Miguel de Cervantes Prize