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From Revolution to Migration

A Study of Contemporary Cuban and Cuban American Crime Fiction


Helen Oakley

This book focuses on Cuban and Cuban-American crime fiction of the 1990s and early twenty-first century. Contemporary authors, writing in both English and Spanish, have created new hybrid forms of the crime fiction genre that explore the problematic cultural interaction between Cuba and the United States. Through an analysis of the work of writers such as Leonardo Padura Fuentes, José Latour and Carolina Garcia-Aguilera, the author investigates issues which include the oppression of the individual by the state within Cuba, constructions of masculinity and femininity, and the problems facing Cuban immigrants entering the United States.
The author demonstrates how contemporary writers have been influenced both by the American hard-boiled crime fiction genre and by the legacy of the socialist detective fiction that was promoted in Cuba by the Castro regime in the 1970s. By focusing on works produced both within and outside of Cuba, the book taps into wider debates concerning the concept of post-nationality. The cultural fluidity that characterizes these new variants of crime fiction calls into question traditional boundaries between national literatures and cultures.


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Index Abakuá, 9 Abella, Alex, xiii, 9, 24, 30, 101–129 Afro-Cuban culture, 106, 112–113 Afro-Cuban religion, 127 black masculinity, 109 Dead of Night, 117–123; Armando, 117, 119, 121; Charlie, 117–118, 121, 122, 123; Ricardo Díaz, 117, 118, 120, 121–122, 123 ethnic identities, 118; Cuban American, 103–105, 113 Final Acts, 123–128; Charlie, 123–128; Julian, 127–128; Prado, 126–127; Rita, 124, 125, 127 The Killing of the Saints, 23, 101–116, 108–116; Charlie, 102–105, 109, 113–114, 116; Ramón, 102, 105–106, 108–110, 111, 112–113, 116; Schnitzer, 111–112 magical realism, 114–115 masculinity, 108–109 Miami, 122 natural forces, 115–116 Naturalism, 110, 115–116 neo-gothic, 119–120 and Padura Fuentes, 101 Santería, 105, 114 US hard-boiled genre, 103 Adiós Hemingway (Padura Fuentes), 31, 38, 64, 65–73 aesthetic art and homosexuality, 14–15 Afro-Cuban religion, 127 Alape, Arturo, 8 Allá ellos (Chavarría), 21 Alvarez Borland, Isabel, 25, 26, 29, 114 Alvarez, Julia, 140 Amar Sánchez, Ana María, 7 American Magazine, An, 12 Aquí las arenas son más limpias (Betancourt), 18 Araújo, Nara, 138 Arenas, Reinaldo, 57 Argentina, 4–5 automitografía, 139 Bados Ciria, Concepción, 87 Batista regime, 69 Baudrillard, Jean, 47 Baxt, George, 24 Beal, M.F., 132 Berlin wall, 63 Bertot, Lilian, 80, 81 Betancourt, Luis A.: Aquí las arenas son más limpias, 18 Bitter Sugar (Garcia-Aguilera), 144, 146, 160–163 Bloody Secrets (Garcia-Aguilera), 137...

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