Leonardo Padura Fuentes: La Neblina de Ayer [Havana Fever] (2379 words)


Leonardo Padura Fuentes is best known for his tetralogy Las cuatro estaciones [The Havana Quartet], written between 1991 and 1998 but set in 1989, just before the beginning of the Special Period, an epoch of severe economic and social hardship in Cuba. The tetralogy revolves around the investigations of police detective Mario Conde, a decent man caught between conflicting social realities in post-Soviet Cuba. Each of the four novels delves into distinct issues of Cuban society at the time, and each presents the character of Conde as a frustrated writer mired in nostalgia, forthright to the point of naïveté.

Padura’s detective reappears in several novels written after the Quartet, the first of which is La …

Citation: Oxford, Lori. "La Neblina de Ayer". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 August 2016 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=35713, accessed 03 August 2020.]

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