Magazine article New Internationalist

The Man Who Loved Dogs

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Man Who Loved Dogs

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The Man Who Loved Dogs by Leonardo Padura translated from the Spanish by Anna Kushner (Bitter Lemon Press, ISBN 9781908524102)

Cuban writer Leonardo Padura is the author of well-regarded crime fiction set in Havana, several stand-alone novels, short stories, and a volume of essays celebrating Salsa music. His latest novel is an ambitious attempt to chart the tides of 20th-century history through the lives - real and imagined - of those most intimately caught up in its cataclysmic events.

Padura's tale of war and revolution shuttles back and forth through time and across continents. His central characters are Leon Trotsky in his years of exile, his assassin, the man known as Ramon Mercader and, the fulcrum of the novel, Cuban journalist Iván Cárdenas Maturell. In 1978 Iván has a chance encounter on a Havana beach with a man accompanied by two wolfhounds. …

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