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Dirty Havana Trilogy by Pedro Juan Gutiérrez
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Nov 13, 2011

really liked it
Read in August, 2003

I love the language of this book:

"In those days, I was pursued by nostalgia. I always had been, and I didn't know how to free myself so I could live in peace.
I still haven't learned. And I suspect I never will. But at least I do know something worthwhile now: it's impossible to free myself from nostalgia because it's impossible to be freed from memory. It's impossible to be freed from what you have loved."
I love this book, it's so real. Not for the faint of heart, but wonderful. The novel is created by a series of stories. Most of the stories are about Pedro Juan, a former journalist who is struggling to survive in the 1990's Cuba. The book shows his stuggle for food, work, rum, women, and his life.
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