Memories of Underdevelopment: A Novel from Cuba

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Latin American Literary Review Press, 2004 - Fiction - 110 pages
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Malabre is an upper middle-class Cuban businessman with an intellectual bent. He chooses to remain in Cuba after the Bay of Pigs without his family and friends. Dissatisfied with his life, he hopes to find a more authentic existence. To break his crippling isolation, he as an affair with a young girl, which culminates in his trial for statutory rape. Edmundo Desnoes began his literary career in the 1950s, went to New York in 1956, returned to Cuba in 1959, and defected to the U.S. in 1979. Desnoes is also the author of No Hay Problema (There Is No Problem) 1961, and El Cataclismo (The Cataclysm) 1965. The publication of the sequel for Memories of Underdevelopment is expected imminently.

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User Review  - kewing - LibraryThing

This brief novel (only 110 pages, including the three short stories "written" by the narrator) extends from the end of Bautista through the Cuban missile crisis; it is an indictment of the emotional ... Read full review


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Edmundo Desnoes is a Cuban author of novels and numerous critical and literary essays. He has taught at several American univeristies and was a Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College.

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