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Detective Fiction in Cuban Society and Culture

Stephen Wilkinson

This book examines Cuban society through a study of its detective fiction and more particularly contemporary Cuban society through the novels of the author and critic, Leonardo Padura Fuentes.
The author traces the development of Cuban detective writing in the light of the work of twentieth century Western European literary critics and philosophers including Raymond Williams, Antonio Gramsci, Terry Eagleton, Roland Barthes, Jean Paul Sartre, Michel Foucault, Jean François Lyotard and Jean Baudrillard in order to gain a better understanding of the social and historical context in which this genre emerged.
The analysis includes discussion of the broader philosophical, political and historical issues raised by the Cuban revolution. The book concludes that the study of this popular genre in Cuba is of crucial importance to the scholar who wishes to reach as full an understanding of the social dynamics within that society as possible.

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Acknowledgements My thanks must first of all go to Professor Catherine Davies for her invaluable help and advice. To Verity Smith for her suggestions and support, to Jo Labanyi for having suggested the topic in the first place, and to my partner, Claudia Guerretta, for having the trust, love and generosity to pay the bills and endure the process with me. I must also acknowledge the British Academy for the three years of funding they provided towards my PhD thesis upon which this work is based. In Cuba, I must thank Leonardo Padura Fuentes and Daniel Chavarría in particular for their help and advice. I must mention also the help of Rolo Lázaro and the staff at the Biblioteca Nacional José Martí, as well as the staff at the headquarters of UNEAC, the Cuban Union of Writers and Artists. My thanks are also due to Ernesto and Estela Bravo and the staff at the public relations department of Cuban television. I am grateful also for the advice, help and guidance from among many others: Luis Adrián Betancourt, Imeldo Alvarez, Arnaldo Correa, Justo Vasco, Ron Ridenour, Ana Cairo, Salvador Redonet Cook, Rodolfo Valero, Amelia S. Simpson, Armando Cristóbal Pérez and Julio Travieso. I owe a debt of gratitude to the staff of Hispanic Studies Department at Queen Mary and Westfield College, London and in particular, Professors Alan Deyermond and Ralph Penny, and Kay, the department secretary. My thanks also to the staff at the Senate House,...

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