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Trilogia Suja de Havana

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Dividido em pequenas crónicas e contos, a narrativa nos descreve morenas sinuosas, homens truculentos, malandros e gringos em histórias de amores, brigas e desencontros.
Nestas narrativas de caráter fortemente autobiográfico, Pedro Juan Gutiérrez faz uma crónica impactante da vida em Havana durante a grande crise de Cuba nos anos 1990.
Os relatos contêm a verdade de um homem
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Paperback, 420 pages
Published 2001 by Dom Quixote (first published 1994)
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Jeffrey Keeten
"Cities, like dreams are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perceptions deceitful, and everything conceals something else" Italo Clavino, Invisible Cities

***Just a word of warning there will be mature content in this review due to the explicit content of this novel.***

This novel is a series of short vignettes that are roughly in chronological order. The book is raw, focusing on the poorest of the poor of Havana. It is 1993 an
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Nostromo
Не сте чели такава книга. Сериозно, не сте. Чели сте Буковски и цялото поколение битници. Чели сте Оруел, Голдинг и Хъксли. Препрочитали сте Селинджър, Антъни Бърджес и Харпър Ли. Но не сте попадали в Хавана през 90-те, не сте обитавали стая 3 на 4 метра на покрив с още 50 души, не сте ползвали с тях обща тоалетна, която често е запушена и смърди, не сте си изкарвали прехраната, ровейки из боклуците за кенчета от бира, които да продадете на сладоледаджията, който ще ги ползва за кофички. А вечер ...more
Jodi Lu
Aug 21, 2007 Jodi Lu rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: smart people who don't mind it very dirty
this book SHOCKED me with g's ability to craft such steaming hot--often funny--raunchiness into such truly gorgeous sophisticated tales. it's one of those novels that each chapter stands on it's own and each closes on a really poignant note. but it's DIRTY. just plain filthy. and hairy and stinky and raw. i mean, you'll blush on the train and look over at people thinking they must be able to sense it--to smell it on you even. but it's really really great nonetheless. i tried another of his books ...more
Sarah
I'm not sure if I really enjoyed this, to be honest. Its three stories, but I can't really see any reason for them being separated into a trilogy rather than a bunch of short stories. There is no storyline in any of the three parts, every chapter is just a different account of supposed daily life of those struck by the crippling poverty & awful quality of life in 90's Havana. That element itself is what I enjoyed about the book, as it was a culture & place I knew nothing of before readin ...more
Anichkasam
Доста депресираща книга, но въпреки това я препоръчвам. Не само е добре написана, но и има страшно много истини за живота в нея. Цели пасажи описват неща, които всеки рано или късно осъзнава, и по-добре да е по-рано. Тези "съкровища" обаче се намират сред много секс, лайна и цинизъм, които отново са част от живота. Трудно е да си го представим в нашия подреден свят, но много хора всъщност наистина живеят така, както са описани в тази книга.

Много ми хареса, че не само самите разкази са въздейства
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Hazel Lee
I'm . . . not quite sure how I feel about this book. From what I can gather it's a semi-fictional autobiography of the author himself, who used to be a journalist in Cuba. The Havana in this book is not the pretty, sunny, exotic Havana I remember from the documentary _Havana Libre_. It's filthy, sweaty, cut-throat, and depressing. People fucking in alleys filled with garbage and cockroaches. Sleeping on the floor next to the cockroaches. Drinking cheap rum and eating mangoes someone else vomited ...more
Velvetink
Loving it so far, very Hunter S Thompsonish (Death in Vegas) but with a Cuban feel. Set in the early 90's in Havana. Raw and savage and poetic. It's a trilogy, the first section is much better and declines in the later 2 sections. In the last section each chapter's focus is on a different character - people the main character has met. They also function as stand alone short character pieces. I was disappointed that by the end of the book it's main thrust (pardon the pun) was the central characte ...more
Christopher
I liked this book a great deal. I have a London Underground ticket dated 19th April 2001 stuck inside. It cost 4 pounds Sterling. I'd say the value of this book has increased in value a great deal more over the last dozen years. Echoes of Henry Miller and Charles Bukowski careen off the alley walks inside Pedro Juan Gutierrez's walls. This is a world of transvestites, prostitutes, and broken dreams. Dreamers seeking fame, seeking a way out of poverty and repression. From sightings of UFOs to duc ...more
Kaloyana
Това е една мръсна хаванска трилогия, която включва доста ужасно брутални истории. И е толкова мъдро и поучително четиво и толкова гадно и дори болезнено на моменти, че се чудиш как е възможно - да съществува и да се напише така. Струва си и то доста!


Сега се уча да не взимам нищо на сериозно. Човек може да допусне хиляди малки грешки. Това не е важно. Но ако грешките са големи и тежат на съвестта му, единственото, което му остава е да не се взема на сериозно. Само така би могло да се избегне ст
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Diana
Ако сте гнусливи и чувствителни на масата, в леглото, в разговорите и в отношенията си, дори не докосвайте тази книга. Защото зад лъскавата завеса на пурите и рома, на чувствените и сговорчиви мулатки и омайните карибски нощи ще затънете дълбоко в телесни течности и смрад, мазилката и стените ще се ронят в леглото ви, ще газите лайна в коридора и плъхове – в стаята си, ще се чукате и ще ви чукат на всяка крачка, ще отслабвате по 18 кг месечно, ще искате да продадете и себе си за една вечеря или ...more
Хейко
Като чуя името Куба си представям екзотика, слънце, салса, знойни мулатки, ром, марихуана...
Бях погнусена четейки първите 80-100 страници, където най-често споменаваната трибуквена дума е за назоваване на мъжки полов орган. Отвращавах се от натуралистичното описание на секса. Мислех си, що за човек ще седне да пише цяла книга с толкова вулгарности и цинизми накуп.
После в разказите на Гутиерес разбрах защо. Там, където няма хляб, няма място за философия.
Или както обобщава самият автор: "На такив
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Jonathanstray Stray
(English translation by Natasha Wimmer)

This is a truly dirty book, in that almost every one of its short vignettes contains some sort of sweaty, often grotesque sex. The author is a pervert, and not a terribly creative one, really – there’s far more illuminating writing on sex elsewhere. That’s fine. The sex is merely backdrop for his stories of desperate people and situations in a Havana slum during the mid-1990s. The author has a unique perspective on all of this, an educated man and a former
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Ani Artinyan
Мръсна хаванска трилогия наистина е мръсна и наистина е хаванска. Не знам дали е трилогия. Секс, наркотици и хищничество, които нямат нищо общо с шарения бунт на 60те, нито с послушния романтичен хардрок на 70те или с електрическата ярост на 80те. Добре дошли в Куба на 90те, която, подозирам, е послужила за вдъхновение на не един сценарист на апокалиптични филми. Как изглеждат и как смърдят руините на една гладна, разлагаща се, болна интелигентност, току що закусила с човешки черен дроб? Иде ми ...more
Jim
Hilarious, exuberant, filthy fun! Originally banned in Cuba, Pedro Juan Gutiérrez's tale of sex, poverty and writing explodes in a gritty carnival of promiscuity, Havana-style. Readers have compared it (inevitably) to the books of Bukowski, Henry Miller and Jean Genet — none of whom I find entertaining — but Pedro Juan had me howling with laughter by the third page. I've never read anything quite like it; the writing is vital and compulsive, paragraphs tumbling over each other, capturing both th ...more
Jesse K
Dirty Havana Trilogy was pretty fucking amazing. It is easily 20 times better than anything Bukowski has ever written. I've seen a fair amount of people calling the author racist, but one shouldn't make the mistake of thinking that a book like this is an autobiography just because the narrator has the same name as the author. I mean, there probably are autobiographical aspects, and the guy could conceivably be a douchebag, but so be it. The other primary criticism was that it was repetitive. Wel ...more
Jonfaith
The last page was turned in NYC in 2002. It was an odd place to complete the novel. I was reading my friend Roger's copy; he had been reading it a few months earlier when we journeyed to Indy for a Pacers game. That was odd. The "that" in question is an enormous swirl of emotions and experiences that criss-crossed the Atlantic as well as the continental United States: from Long Island to San Francisco and back to Indiana.

I saw a copy in London seven months later and the torque of it all was hum
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Tonymess
“I write to jar people a little and force others to wake up and smell the shit.”

Last week I discovered the Cuban Severo Sarduy, who wrote “as therapy” declaring “language, the desire to give life to things through words, is what makes us human”. This week my new Cuban journey is via Pedro Juan Gutierrez and his world that smells like shit. One country…two extremes.

Pedro Juan’s “Dirty Havana Trilogy” is not for the faint hearted, or the prudes of world literature. A book that delves into the filt
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Amélie
(Si je pouvais ce serait trois étoiles & demie. J’aimerais beaucoup qu’on ait des demi-étoiles. Même si c’est certain que j’en ferais un usage abusif.)

Bon bon bon. Ce livre c’est pas tout à fait un roman, mais c’est pas non plus un recueil de nouvelles ; en fait c’est surtout une série de vignettes interreliées sur La Havane des années quatre-vingt-dix. La plupart, mais pas toutes, ont pour narrateur Pedro Juan, ancien journaliste dans la quarantaine qui vit maintenant tout en bas de l’échel
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WordsBeyondBorders
Dirty Havana Trilogy - Subaltern Stories
'Dirty Havana Trilogy' is a collection of vignettes of life in Cuba in the early nineties and is a cult classic. It does not follow any conventional story line as such, but follows/records the experiences of Pedro Juan the main protagonist through the novel. The novel is written by 'Pedro Juan gutierrez' who himself is the main character in this book. The book does show Cuba in an unflattering manner, so persons with Communist leanings may have a problem w
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Vladimir
Pedro Juan Gutierrez's Dirty Havana Trilogy is a fascinating book. The Havana he talks about is not the one described in travel brochures; it's a bleak world, a blend of Bukowski, Miller, and Kafka. In many ways, this reminds me of non-fiction works by Reinaldo Arenas, only Gutierrez has one big advantage over Arenas: his prose may show the dark side of Cuba, but he is devoid of any obvious ideological position. Dirty Havana Trilogy is not a political pamphlet, he is not an opposition to the reg ...more
jeremy bradner
this is one of my favorite writers now...but out of the 3 books i've read by him this is probably my least favorite...but i still loved it.
the stories are mostly first person accounts of pedro juan living in utter misery but still finding plenty of ways to enjoy himself
the stories about other people i actually liked better than the 1st person ones...some of the saddest and most pornographic shit i've ever read.
but i guess why i would say this isn't his best is just because there are sooo many st
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Giovanna
Ho un parere un po' controverso su quest'opera, nel senso che i primi due romanzi che la compongono mi hanno annoiato a morte, li ho trovati del tutto inconsistenti, un susseguirsi di parole (più o meno sempre le stesse) che rimanevano solo alla superficie delle cose , un continuo descrivere le stesse azioni, gli stessi giorni, le stesse scheletriche motivazioni......come un eterno venticello che increspa le acque ma non smuove mai niente. Ma il terzo romanzo, signori miei, Sapore di me, quello ...more
Fotini
Δηλώνω παθιασμένη με το συνολικό έργο του Γκουτιέρεζ. Αβάνα, φαβέλες, βρομιά, δυσωδία, ματαιώσεις, έρωτες. Μια κοινωνία πολύ μακριά από αυτήν που έχουμε συνηθίσει. Μια πόλη όπου τα ζωωδη ένστικτα κυριαρχούν κι υπαγορεύουν. Ακατέργαστοι οι άνθρωποι, όχι άδολοι, μα απέριτοι, ζουν σε εγρήγορση, πρέπει η κάθε μέρα η ρημάδα με κάποιο τρόπο να βγει, για το αύριο κανείς δεν νοιάζεται, υπάρχει μεγάλη προσπάθεια για το παρόν.

Μου αρέσει. Με ελκύει αυτό το αφτιασίδωτο, η παρακμή και όλα τα αληθινά ανθρώπιν
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Noel
Squalor, poverty, filth, misery, blah blah blah. Sex, hot mulatta,prick, huge black prick, blah blah blah. Rum, aguardiente, sauteed human liver, blah blah blah. Cancer of the stomach, cancer of the mind, cancer of the prick, blah blah blah. Mangoes, blood soaked mangoes,filthy toilets, toilets overflowing with shit in decrepit tenements, blah blah blah. Fidel Castro, prison, wait let's not talk about politics.... sex is more important. Sex in the stairs, sex in the rooftop, sex in the park, sex ...more
Nina
This book is dirty realism all the way. Shy readers will find it schocking or even perverse when reading about hard life in Cuba. Poverty, famine and dirty sex are daily on the menu of Pedro Juan. This is one of those novels which evolve emotions/reactions in readers- sadness, laughter, excitement, anger, tears, disgust ... I love it.

P.S.- I suggest you read it while drinking Bandidos (Cuba Libre)and somewhere outside, under the warm Sun. This way you really get in the spirit of the story ;)
Αβραα
Ίσως, για καλή μας τύχη, η νοσταλγία να μπορεί να μεταμορφωθεί από κάτι καταθλιπτικό και θλιβερό σε έναν μικρό σπινθήρα που θα μας εκτοξεύσει στο καινούργιο, που θα μας παραδώσει σε άλλη αγάπη, σε άλλη πόλη, σε άλλο χρόνο, που μπορεί να είναι καλύτερο ή χειρότερο, αλλά δεν έχει σημασία, θα είναι διαφορετικό. Κι αυτό είναι εκείνο που αναζητούμε όλοι καθημερινά: να μη σπαταλήσουμε τη ζωή μας μονάχοι ... να απολαύσουμε το κομμάτι της γιορτής που μας αναλογεί.

Εξαιρετικό.
Ventsislav Kostadinov
Буковски ряпа да яде пред този цинизъм и вулгаризъм от най-висша класа. Това несъмнено е най-покъртителната, гнусна и ужасна книга, която някога съм имал сполуката да прочета. Наистина заглавието откровено заявява типологията на сюжета - мръсна, безскрупулна хаванска трилогия.. Иначе живописната Хавана, която знаем от моряшките приказки или горещите страстни кубински филми, музика и картини, се превръща в зрелище на пошлостта, мизерията, гнусния разврат и сквернословния начин на живот, който се ...more
Liam
This book reminded me of some of the people I met during the summer of 1987, when I was living under a pedestrian bridge over the Florida Turnpike (in Pompano Beach, Fla.), tricking at night & working day labor on construction sites in Boca Raton, both of which occupations involved a great deal of standing on the corner... That summer was full of rum, dope, blood, & sex- just like this book. Anyone who has ever been poor and depraved should read this.
Tom
"Dirty Havana Trilogy" by Pedro Juan Gutiérrez depicts life in Cuba during the “crisis” of the early 1990s, after the Soviet Union has collapsed, ending its subsidies to the Castro regime, and the Cuban economy is in utter shambles.

The trilogy is really a three-part collection of short stories told from the largely autobiographical point of view of one Pedro Juan, a radio journalist who quit his job because he was not allowed to report the truth. Pedro Juan lives in a shack on the rooftop of a c
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Deanne
Strange book which tells a multitude of stories all occurring in Cuba. Some of the tales are in the first person some in the third. There's a strong emphasis on sex, with characters selling themselves. It's a period of time following a few years of prosperity where people are starving, money is short.
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