Cuba and the Night by Pico Iyer
A Novel

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Having captivated readers with such gems of travel writing as Video Night in Kathmandu, Pico Iyer now presents a novel whose central character is another place: the melancholy, ebullient, and dazzlingly inconsistent island that is Castro's Cuba. "On almost every page you can smell the dust, the cheap perfume and the rum of Havana today, or better still, tonight."--Los Angeles Times.


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About Pico Iyer

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Pico Iyer has written nonfiction books on globalism, Japan, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, and forgotten places, and novels on Revolutionary Cuba and Islamic mysticism. He regularly writes on literature for The New York Review of Books, on travel for the Financial Times, and on global culture and the news for Time, The New York Times, and magazines around the world.
 
Published October 5, 2011 by Vintage. 253 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Richard becomes involved with Lourdes, a beautiful young Cuban woman, he vows that it'll be just another expense-account affair and that he won't let her trap him into marriage--the best way for young women to escape the grinding poverty and boredom of time-forsaken Cuba.

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Set in contemporary Cuba, travel writer Iyer's fictional debut tells of an uneasy love affair between a cynical American photojournalist and a voluptuous young Cuban woman.

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Together Richard and Lourdes cruise the Cuban nightlife, seeking furtive places to make love and talk politics, shooting photographs and discussing the poetry of 19th-century nationalist hero Jose Marti.

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