“You don’t have to thank me for my praise in Babelia, Amir. My admiration is born from the atmosphere in this novel, astonishing in its apocalyptic nature and in its characters, so strong that they end up being conquered”.
Rosa Mora, journalist for El País
NATIONAL NOVEL PRIZE “JOSÉ SOLER PUIG”, CUBA, 1999.
Beginning with the appearance of two cadavers in a miserable hovel in a poor Havana neighborhood, Lieutenant Alain Bec’s investigation takes him once again to an unknown world, something also hidden from view for the majority of Cubans: homosexual and transvestite prostitution directed at foreign tourists, as a form of survival in the face of the economic and social debacle that exists in the country at the time of the plot. Searching for the reason of a supposed suicide in which no one believes, again the two men, Alex Varga and Alain Bec, reveal to the reader a world that is corrupt and rotten, where money, fear and violence dominate everything.
This work won the José Soler Puig National Novel Prize 1999, juried by Guillermo Vidal, Jesús David Curbelo and Aida Bahr.
Editorial Oriente, Cuba, 2001