Dirty Havana Trilogy: A Novel in Stories

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Pedro Juan used to be a reporter in Havana, but as life in Cuba and his own life begin to collapse around him, he gives up the farce of a daily job, and begins to "train himself to take nothing seriously". His training involves lots of sex, drugs, rum, jazz, beat literature and street philosophy.

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'Grotesquely compelling... Pedro Juan Gutierrez appears destined to become a cult writer.' --Times Literary Supplement

'A tale of human ingenuity and hidden hopefulness overcoming near-insuperable odds.' --Guardian

'One of the sexiest books I have read in a long time.' --David Profumo, Literary Review

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Dirty Havana Trilogy by Pedro Juan Gutierrez is a visceral picaresque, a damning portrait of vice and poverty, and an insane journey into the condemned soul of a sexual deviant.

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