King of Cuba

By Cristina Garcia

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El Comandante, an aging Castro-like dictator shambles about his mansion in Havana, grappling with the stale end of his life that is as devoid of grandeur as his nearly sixty-year-old revolution. Across the waters in Florida, Goyo Herrera, a Miami exile in his eighties, plots his revenge.

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Sandstone Press was established in 2002 based on the firm belief that an international publishing house could be based in the Highlands of Scotland. We publish fiction and non-fiction books and ebooks. The company is characterised by high editorial and design standards, internationalism, and a strong engagement with the contemporary world using modern methods. Sandstone Press books have won or been shortlisted for many literary prizes including the Man Booker, Commonwealth, Arthur C Clarke, Creative Scotland, Green Carnation, Saltire Society, Petrona, Bill Rollinson Prize for Landscape and Tradition, Boardman Tasker, Not the Booker, and Desmond Elliott Awards.

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El Comandante, an aging Castro-like dictator shambles about his mansion in Havana, visits a dying friend, tortures hunger strikers in one of his prisons, and grapples with the stale end of his life that is as devoid of grandeur as his nearly sixty-year-old revolution. Across the waters in Florida, Goyo Herrera, a Miami exile in his eighties, plots revenge against the very same El Comandante whom he blames for stealing his beloved, ruining his homeland, and taking his father's life. Shifting between the two men with great resonance and humour, and peppered with the rabble of other Cuban voices to create a patchwork of history's unofficial stories, Cristina Garcia's novel plumbs the passions and realities of these two Cubas - on the island, and off. Writing with wit and insight, and very much at the top of her form, she returns to the territory of her Cuban homeland.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Sandstone Press Ltd
Publication Date 22 Apr 2015
ISBN 9781908737595
Number of Pages 256

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'Cristina Garcia takes one of the most fascinating political figures of the 20th century, imagines him as a man and, through him, imagines his country. In the end her subject matter is Cuba.' New York Times 'Fabulously absurdist.' Miami Herald 'Darkly hilarious. Garcia braids parallel stories with consummate ease.' Elle Magazine

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