Island of Cundeamor by Rene Vazquez Diaz

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A Cuban woman living in Miami creates a colorful cast of characters deposited from Cuba onto her imagined island of Cundeamor, united by a collective search for home and belonging. Aunt Ulalume narrates the inhabitant's stories that are in turns dark and sarcastic or lively and witty, and focus on such island staples as the desultory crab sculptures of Nicotiano, Betty Boop's mission to find a new life partner, and the band of militant guards surrounding Ula's Finnish husband.

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René Vázquez Díaz is a Swedish-Cuban writer, translator, and journalist. He is the author of several novels, poetry collections, and essays that include The Imaginary Era, Beloved Traitor, and Fredrika in Paradise. David E. Davis is the translator of Steps Under Water and is a language professor. He lives in Los Angeles.
Published May 15, 1999 by Latin American Literary Review Press. 232 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This bracingly bitter novel is set in eponymous fictional territory: an “island” located within mainland Florida, where Cuban émigrés fall in and out of love and trouble, fend off or join forces with the shadowy, Mafia-like “Crabb Company” (a reputed drug and assassination-for-hire empire), and d...

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Exiles from Cuba, Finland, Miami and life itself populate the Crabb Company Investigation compound on the imaginary island of Cundeamor--the Cuban-American illusion of the perfect Cuba--located somewhere in the ether over Miami.

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