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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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Index Abakuá (religion) 84-8 Acción magazine, (Uruguay) 73 Acuña, Ignacio Cárdenas 110 Alberto. Eliseo 66-70 Allá ellos 155-6 Almendares river 178 Álvarez, Imeldo 82-3, 104, 107, 157-8 Angél Cardí, Juan 149 Angola, War in 143, 166, 263 Antonio Blanco, Juan Aquí las arenas son más limpias 111, 114 Arnold, Matthew 12 Arenas Reinaldo 67, 72, 229, 231-2, 245 Arrufat, Antón 71, 229, 235, 241, 244 Ashley, Bob 10, Astrolabio 115 Avila, Leopoldo 71, 73 Balzac, Honoré de 21-2 Barthes, Roland 14, Batista, Fulgencio 34, 36-7, 99, 111, 171, 243, Baudrillard, Jean 261-2, 287 Bay of Pigs invasion 33, 59, 61, 149, 235 BBC, the 12, 109 Beatles, The 192, 208, 258 Beauvoir, Simone de 33, 75-6, 242, 247 Being and Nothingness 205, 209 Benjamin, Walter 16 Bennett, Tony 13 Berlin Wall, The 169, 279 Betancourt, Luis Adrián 111-3, 125, 140, 155 Biblioteca Nacional, Havana, 59, 100, 103, 107, 110 Birringer, Johannes 221 Blackburn, Robin 36-7 Blade Runner 122 Bohemia (magazine, Havana) 103, 107, 113 Bolshevik revolution, the 25, 173 Borges, Jorge Luis 17 Buchaca, Edith García 59-60 Cabrera Infante, Guillermo 59-61, 64, 70-1, 228, 244-5 Cabrera Infante, Sabá 59 Cabrera, Lydia 86, 88 Caignet, Felix B. 94-100 Cain, James M. 104, 179 California 18 Calvino, Italo 189 Camacho, Jorge 72 Camus, Albert 8, 247-8 Capitalism 10, 64, 122, 125, 168, 171, 200, 210, 255-6, 268 Capone, Al 122 Casablanca 11 Casal, Lourdes 71 Casey, Calvert 235 Castro Ruiz, Fidel 33-5, 40, 43-5,...

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