Detective Fiction in Cuban Society and Culture

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Peter Lang, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 315 pages
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This book examines Cuban society through a study of its detective fiction and more particularly contemporary Cuban society through the novels of the author and critic, Leonardo Padura Fuentes.
The author traces the development of Cuban detective writing in the light of the work of twentieth century Western European literary critics and philosophers including Raymond Williams, Antonio Gramsci, Terry Eagleton, Roland Barthes, Jean Paul Sartre, Michel Foucault, Jean Fran ois Lyotard and Jean Baudrillard in order to gain a better understanding of the social and historical context in which this genre emerged.
The analysis includes discussion of the broader philosophical, political and historical issues raised by the Cuban revolution. The book concludes that the study of this popular genre in Cuba is of crucial importance to the scholar who wishes to reach as full an understanding of the social dynamics within that society as possible.

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This was a very good book and it was a very good read, this is my teacher LOOL, Very good read

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This is an excellent survey of the history of the crime genre in Cuba starting from its inception before the 1959 revolution up to the mid 1990s and the onset of the 'Special Period.'
The second half
of the book is an eclectic reading of the work of the highly successful author Leonardo Padura Fuentes. It analyzes his first four detective novels featuring his character Lieutenant Mario Conde.
Chapters on the cultural policy of the Cuban revolutionary government are particularly useful.


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About the author (2006)

The Author: Stephen Wilkinson (1956) is a journalist, writer and academic who specialises in the study of Cuba. He began travelling to Cuba in 1986 and visits the island annually. He has written on Cuban politics and economics as well as completing a Ph.D. on the subject of this book, Cuban detective fiction.

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