The Death of Fidel Perez


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Unbridled Books
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5.5 X 8.3 X 1.3 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

Elizabeth M. Huergo was born in Havana, Cuba and came to the United States as a child as a political refugee. She teaches literature and creative writing at Montgomery College (Maryland). Her poetry and fiction have been published and anthologized by Lost Horse Press, Live Wire Press, Paycock Press, Potomac Review, and Natural Bridge. This is her first novel.


"There is an erudition of language and a wealth of dramatized history in this novel. Both a portrait of the realities of the revolution and a speculative fiction as to what has happened to the Cuban soul with the event of Fidel Castro's rise and--in this scenario--what may well happen with his passing, The Death of Fidel Pérez will reward both a general audience looking for a lively read and the discerning reader who truly cares about literature: in short, a heartfelt and well-written novel, with a provocative premise...." -- Oscar Hijuelos

"The Death of Fidel Perez is a brilliantly achieved and totally convincing exploration of life in contemporary Cuba. Elizabeth Huergo brings Havana to life and peoples it with a cast of memorable characters who are caught in, though not always defined, by history. This is a remarkable debut." -- Eamonn Wall, author of Sailing Lake Mareotis

Havana-born first-time novelist Huergo's clever political satire uses an intriguing premise to depict what could happen to her native country if Fidel and Raúl Castro suddenly died....The revolution to oust the old-guard Castro regime imagined in Huergo's intricate novel might be foretelling Cuba's future. -- Publishers Weekly

"Offers an invigorating glimpse into contemporary Cuba and its haunting past."--Booklist

In The Death of Fidel Pérez Elizabeth Huergo weaves in the recent history of Cuba with the tormented lives of its residents - all in a story that takes place in one day and begins with the shenanigans of two misfits...the book moves swiftly and The Death of Fidel Pérez serves as an excellent history lesson and intriguing story. --Hispanic Review

With [a] brilliant premise, Cuban-born Elizabeth Huergo launches The Death of Fidel Pérez, a provocative debut novel...with a writing style deeply influenced by the best of the Latin American magical realism traditions, The Death of Fidel Pérez is a lyrical and heartfelt fable--an optimistic, yet wise, ode to the possibilities and apprehension inherent in the words, "Fidel has fallen." --Shelf Awareness