Throughout the pages of Havana. Gateway to the Americas, published by the Granada publisher AlmED, Amir Valle recounts the history of the Pearl of the Caribbean with the passion of a convicted and confessed habanero, but also with the rigor of the most objective journalist analyzing a reality as hard as it is contradictory.
This is the great book about the jineteras, as they call in Cuba the women who exercise sexual commerce in a country where it is said prostitution is prohibited but where politics applies itself to turning a blind eye. It’s the fruit of an investigation of almost 10 years, in archives and yellowing, dusty documents, and among the prostitutes, pimps, corrupt police, taxi drivers, tourist agents, hidden brothel owners and drug traffickers themselves.
A new incursion of the author into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, on this occasion through a search into the biblical, historic and social roots, and demonstrating again his powerful gifts as a reconstructor of historic realities that he has not himself lived, from his profound knowledge about the subject, which converts him (in the opinion of the same investigators and specialists on the matter) into one of the most respected Arabists of the country.
The book that launched its author to the recognition of the large Cuban reading public, converted into one of the most-read books by the Cuban population in the first years of the ’90s, and which became the subject for works of thesis, diplomas and other higher studies in various universities in the country, beginning with the novel incursion of this author into the lives of the direct protagonists of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.