This brief but representative anthology is a sign that the largest number of crime novels written today in the world, really are deep incisions and reflexions about the society in which the author lives. Are true sociological studies, and therefore every day they are used as research material for sociologists, historians and researchers in the social sciences and the Modern Thought.
Cuban writers, who continue living and dreaming the myths of their island in those very spatious geographies where they live (in Cuba or in the Diaspora) have preferred always that the god Cronos in person open the doors for them to the perpetuity of their work. Through sincerity. Through literary honesty. Through a reverent cult of the power of the written word. Perhaps in that sincerity, that honesty and that cult of power of the written word, is the reason that answers the great unknown of the critics: why has such a little island almost lost on the map of the world written one of the most solid literatures in the Spanish language?
The National Ernest Hemingway Prize for the Short Story, convoked by Cuban cultural institutions and the Casa Museo Finca Vigia (named after the residence of the North American writer in Cuba until a short time before his death), has been converted in the last years into an important site of this fraternal literary competition, abundant in any corner of Cuba. In the present selection are found fiction writers who won prizes in this contest before converting themselves into what they are today, essential voices of present-day Cuban literature.
Doing a survey to promote practicing writers inside the ample phenomenon of Cuban writing, this anthology is a compilation of stories from the 20 most important women writers, allowing the reader a critical inquiry into themes and styles, as well as the actual preoccupations of those who today are protagonists of Cuban culture, in total consonance and with the same level of quality that characterizes the creation of writers on the island.
This anthology offers an unprejudiced look at love and sex, which has characterized a large part of Cuban fiction in the last 20 years, and in which women writers have been participants, imposing their own way of seeing and talking about these things. They are aggressive against the established, uninhibited in describing sex, and they have approached subjects like lesbianism and prostitution without censure or moral tabboos.
The short stories brought together here, after the substantial prologue of the anthologist, are from young writers who have made themselves known since 1984. The convincing list and the quality prove the creative possibilities of the authors who, with curious and disimilar texts, penetrate very cleverly into the world of the every day as well as that of fantasy and linguistic transgression…