Lazarus Rumba by Ernesto Mestre-Reed

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This extraordinary, ambitious novel sets out to portray the spiritual landscape of the Cuban people in the wake of Castro's revolutionary upheaval. Like Cervantes' Don Quixote, The Lazarus Rumba describes a country beset by social dislocation and personal confusion, a country whose soul is best captured by a lush magic realism woven from innumerable tales, tales told contrapuntally in voices both melancholy and lively, lyrical and coarse, delicate and grotesque. As intensely political as Manuel Puig's Kiss of the Spider Woman or Milan Kundera's The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, The Lazarus Rumba centers around three generations of women in the Lucientes family and follows the story of Alicia Lucientes as she almost inadvertently becomes the most famous dissident on the Island.

About Ernesto Mestre-Reed

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Ernesto Mestre was born in Cuba in 1964. His family emigrated to Spain in 1972, and later that year to Miami, Florida. He graduate from Tulane University and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. This is his first novel.
Published June 1, 1999 by Picador USA. 486 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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