Monday, January 01, 2007

Dirty Havana Trilogy by Pedro Juan Gutierrez

This is a stunning book, narrated by a character who has very insightful things to say about life in Havana, in between the rather mind boggling number of sexual encounters he has. Havana comes across as a place of poverty where, when they're not indulging in sex marathons, everyone is struggling to find enough to eat, prepared to take any job to make a few pesos to be able to buy some food, cigarettes and rum. Beautiful old buildings are falling apart and overflowing with desperate people living in cramped spaces in rooms and on roofs. Very well translated by Natasha Wimmer.

Finally a haiku review of the book:

sex, rum and more sex
in seedy Havana streets -
social commentary.


Anonymous said...

I think this is the first haiku (and a good one at that) reveiw of a book I've seen on the internet.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Hi Gel, I've not seen any other haiku reviews online either, but I've read the book!