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Graham Greene (1991) Our Man in Havana: An Entertainment. (First published in 1958)

Mr. Wormold, a vacuum cleaner salesman in a city of power brokers becomes a spy to earn extra income. This crisply written novel will drag you down with unbearable tension, while at the same time make you giggle with its satirical parodies and absurd plot. A masterpiece!

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Leonardo Padura Fuentes (2005) Havana Red.

A young transvestite in a beautiful red dress is found strangled in a Havana park. Inspector Mario Conde, a Havana policeman, is investigating in Cuba's marginalized and persecuted homosexual community. Fascinating portrait of a crumbling post-revolution society - painted with a sharp eye for the repressions of a totalitarian regime. Rather explicit sexual details.

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Leonardo Padura Fuentes (2006) Adios Hemingway.

Retired Inspector Mario Conde is obsessed with Hemingway. When a dead body is discovered on Hemingway's property (Finca Vigia) in Cuba, Conde is reluctantly taking the case. During his investigation he visits all the places that bring to life Hemingway's time in Cuba during the last days of the Batista era.

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