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Pedro Juan Gutierrez s Dirty Havana Trilogy is a fascinating book The Havana he talks about is not the one described in travel brochures it s a bleak world, a blend of Bukowski, Miller, and Kafka In many ways, this reminds me of non fiction works by Reinaldo Arenas, only Gutierrez has one big advantage over Arenas his prose may show the dark side of Cuba, but he is devoid of any obvious ideological position Dirty Havana Trilogy is not a political pamphlet, he is not an opposition to the reg Pedro Juan Gutierrez s Dirty Havana Trilogy is a fascinating book The Havana he talks about is not the one described in travel brochures it s a bleak world, a blend of Bukowski, Miller, and Kafka In many ways, this reminds me of non fiction works by Reinaldo Arenas, only Gutierrez has one big advantage over Arenas his prose may show the dark side of Cuba, but he is devoid of any obvious ideological position Dirty Havana Trilogy is not a political pamphlet, he is not an opposition to the regime, he is not anti communist or he is so at least to the extent he is anti capitalist, or anti anything for that matter He doesn t seem to have a well articulated political position and bounces from one to another throughout the book in a similar fashion, the size of his penis oscillates as well The very genius of the book is in this bouncing around, from one woman to another, from one drink to another, from being a journalist to selling drugs, etc The book is extremely readable, but it gets repetitive after a while, since all the new things that happen have happened before Murders stop being intriguing, sex stops being shocking and your reading experience may turn into his lifeof the same For this reason, I recommend you dose the chapters carefully Enjoy [[ DOWNLOAD KINDLE ]] ⇪ Dirty Havana Trilogy ↵ For the last four decades, Fidel Castro s communist Cuba has survived a harsh economic blockade In , Castro attempted economic reform by allowing Cubans to use US dollars and begin their own business ventures a huge messy free for all This time of confused, low rent capitalism is the backdrop for Pedro Juan Gutierrez s gritty, powerful, and atmospheric novel in stories, Dirty Havana Trilogy, translated from the original Spanish version by Natasha WimmerGutierrez, whose prose sings of grime and simple, hard clay truths, much like the words of Junot D az, is a well known member of the Latin American visual poetry movement and a magazine journalist living in Havana Dirty Havana Trilogy is written from the semiautobiographical point of view of Pedro Juan, ayear old sex starved ex radio journalist cobbling together an existence by selling everything from himself to drugs to whatever he can get his hands on Everything s worth something here, he writesPedro Juan is an ex radio journalist because in a model communist society nothing bad is acceptable news Through his tormented lead character, Gutierrez provides a window into his reasons for writing such a crude book That s why I was disillusioned with journalism and why I started to write raw stories I write to jar people a little and force others to wake up and smell the shit That s how I terrorize cowards and mess with people who like to muzzle those of us who speak up My stories could run bare assed out into the middle of the street, shouting, Freedom, freedom, freedom That said, be warned Dirty Havana Trilogy is not for the faint of heart It is raw, squarely confronting poverty, racism, violence, prostitution, and the lengths Cubans go to in order to secure the almighty buck In one story, the man who lives across the hall from Pedro Juan, in the crumbling apartment building that serves as the focal point for much of the book, is busted by the cops for stealing human livers from the morgue and selling them on the streets as pork liversBut survival isn t the only thing on the minds of Gutierrez s colorful characters Oddly enough, it s the quest for release, for fits of pleasure, for some sliver of happiness no matter how warped the avenue may seem to the world outside Havana And that quest is manifested in the hard core sex that permeates the pages of the book An orgasm is one of the few pleasures no one can be denied As violent and nauseating as the sex and the life may seem on the surface, Gutierrez achieves the difficult task of lifting his characters from the muck, giving his Dirty Havana Trilogy an intellectual and emotional depth that far outweighs the carnalNear the end Gutierrez writes, Born in the ruins, they just kept trying not to give up or let themselves be beaten so severely that at last they were forced to surrender Anything was possible, everything allowed, except defeat The book then becomes a manifesto, a well wrought fight against literary persecution, a release the same as an orgasm, where the truth behind every dark corner, behind every door, must be told Dirty Havana Trilogy comes from the same womb in which literature was born, a book that just may someday be held up beside those of the mighty dead Nelson Taylor is a freelance writer and author of the travel guide America Bizarro, published by St Martin s Press Coming home Fidel Castro s communist Cuba has survived a harsh economic blockade In Disciples Literal New Testament Castro attempted economic reform by allowing Cubans to use US dollars and begin their own business ventures a huge messy free for all This time of confused Thủy tiên đã cưỡi cá chép vàng đi low rent capitalism is the backdrop for Pedro Juan Gutierrez s gritty Viimeinen ruusu (Renate Kress, powerful Spirou und Fantasio (BILD-Comic-Bibliothek, and atmospheric novel in stories Europe Dirty Havana Trilogy Reason and Romance (River Valley, translated from the original Spanish version by Natasha WimmerGutierrez Neurologische Arbeiten, Vol. 2 whose prose sings of grime and simple Τηλεπικοινωνιακά συστήματα hard clay truths Geek Pray Love much like the words of Junot D az Jewish Veganism and Vegetarianism is a well known member of 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Memoria Cultural for fits of pleasure Vier Seiten für ein Halleluja for some sliver of happiness no matter how warped the avenue may seem to the world outside Havana And that quest is manifested in the hard core sex that permeates the pages of the book An orgasm is one of the few pleasures no one can be denied As violent and nauseating as the sex and the life may seem on the surface The First Secret of Edwin Hoff Gutierrez achieves the difficult task of lifting his characters from the muck هفده داستان کوتاه از هفده نویسنده ناشناس giving his Dirty Havana Trilogy an intellectual and emotional depth that far outweighs the carnalNear the end Gutierrez writes Sträflingskarneval Born in the ruins Die Krokodilfärberei they just kept trying not to give up or let themselves be beaten so severely that at last they were forced to surrender Anything was possible The Confession everything allowed The Sky Might Fall (Harry Vee, PI except defeat The book then becomes a manifesto HOW TO MAKE MILLIONS ON THE PHONE a well wrought fight against literary persecution The Viking's Possession a release the same as an orgasm The Viking's Conquest (English Edition) where the truth behind every dark corner Morgan behind every door Rock Wives must be told Dirty Havana Trilogy comes from the same womb in which literature was born Der scharlachrote Pfad a book that just may someday be held up beside those of the mighty dead Nelson Taylor is a freelance writer and author of the travel guide America Bizarro Being Here published by St Martin s Press I m not sure if I really enjoyed this, to be honest Its three stories, but I can t really see any reason for them being separated into a trilogy rather than a bunch of short stories There is no storyline in any of the three parts, every chapter is just a different account of supposed daily life of those struck by the crippling poverty awful quality of life in 90 s Havana That element itself is what I enjoyed about the book, as it was a culture place I knew nothing of before reading this b I m not sure if I really enjoyed this, to be honest Its three stories, but I can t really see any reason for them being separated into a trilogy rather than a bunch of short stories There is no storyline in any of the three parts, every chapter is just a different account of supposed daily life of those struck by the crippling poverty awful quality of life in 90 s Havana That element itself is what I enjoyed about the book, as it was a culture place I knew nothing of before reading this book What killed the book for me was the horrific use of macho sexual bravado, which to me just came across as desperate boring According to this book every woman in Havana is a whore, people fuck on every street corner, its acceptable for a man to jerk off in the street, no one seems to get STDs, women are struck dumb by the beauty of a hard cock It just sounds like this guy has never had sex in his life, the sexual overkill was such a turn off Its a shame, as the writing would have been so mucheffective had he chosen the sexual episodescarefully used themsparingly this book SHOCKED me with g s ability to craft such steaming hot often funny raunchiness into such truly gorgeous sophisticated tales it s one of those novels that each chapter stands on it s own and each closes on a really poignant note but it s DIRTY just plain filthy and hairy and stinky and raw i mean, you ll blush on the train and look over at people thinking they must be able to sense it to smell it on you even but it s really really great nonetheless i tried another of his books this book SHOCKED me with g s ability to craft such steaming hot often funny raunchiness into such truly gorgeous sophisticated tales it s one of those novels that each chapter stands on it s own and each closes on a really poignant note but it s DIRTY just plain filthy and hairy and stinky and raw i mean, you ll blush on the train and look over at people thinking they must be able to sense it to smell it on you even but it s really really great nonetheless i tried another of his books but it was a huge disappointment after this it seems so free because of the content but it has astoundingly masterful discretion in style I discovered this on my husband s bookshelf while dusting it recently, and was curious about it, so thought I d give it a go I ve kept picking this up over the last few weeks, but having read 205 pages, I ve decided to give up on it, and accept it s not for me I usually like quite gritty or shocking books, but I just couldn t connect with this Dirty Havana Trilogy will put you off ever visiting Havana I think it s completely destroyed my positive experience of the film Dirty Dancing HavanaI discovered this on my husband s bookshelf while dusting it recently, and was curious about it, so thought I d give it a go I ve kept picking this up over the last few weeks, but having read 205 pages, I ve decided to give up on it, and accept it s not for me I usually like quite gritty or shocking books, but I just couldn t connect with this Dirty Havana Trilogy will put you off ever visiting Havana I think it s completely destroyed my positive experience of the film Dirty Dancing Havana Nights This is quite a slow moving dirty, dark, gritty, harrowing and shocking book Covering violence, squalor, lots of sex, masturbating, drugs, sexuality and suicide If reference to the chopping off of a penis, graphic suicide scenes and the raping of dead bodies doesn t appeal to you, I d strongly recommend avoiding this book.I m sure this will appeal to many readers, but this just made me feel sick, hungover and in need of a shower every time I read some of it The funny thing is when I mentioned it to my husband and asked him what he thought of it, he told me he gave up reading it after 25 pages In hindsight, I probably should have asked him about it before I started reading it I mnot quite sure how I feel about this book From what I can gather it s a semi fictional autobiography of the author himself, who used to be a journalist in Cuba The Havana in this book is not the pretty, sunny, exotic Havana I remember from the documentary Havana Libre It s filthy, sweaty, cut throat, and depressing People fucking in alleys filled with garbage and cockroaches Sleeping on the floor next to the cockroaches Drinking cheap rum and eating mangoes someone else vomited I mnot quite sure how I feel about this book From what I can gather it s a semi fictional autobiography of the author himself, who used to be a journalist in Cuba The Havana in this book is not the pretty, sunny, exotic Havana I remember from the documentary Havana Libre It s filthy, sweaty, cut throat, and depressing People fucking in alleys filled with garbage and cockroaches Sleeping on the floor next to the cockroaches Drinking cheap rum and eating mangoes someone else vomited on Telling each other to crawl up their mother s cunt I will say that the writing is brilliant you can feel your skin crawling with the realism of the gritty descriptions Every time I put the book down I wanted to go take a hot shower and scrub myself down to the bone And despite the disgust the book inspired, I did feel compelled to read it to the end There isn t much of a plot and several times I couldn t remember whether certain characters were new or had appeared in a previous chapter, but overall I d say it s an interesting read I m not sure if I ll want to read it again, though Definitely not the kind of book you want to curl up with on a lazy afternoon Take a healthy dose of Trainspotting , remove the heroin, saute in refuse, add a pinch of gratuitous, grimy sex, and set down in Cuba, and voila you have this novel.If you offend easily, I d stay very clear of this one From the get go, it is a series of unwavering, raunchy no, filthy vignettes that punch to the heart of everything obscene, foul, and desperate that you could ever dream up.The narrator weaves in and out of the chapters, detailing the devastation and foulness of Havana in th Take a healthy dose of Trainspotting , remove the heroin, saute in refuse, add a pinch of gratuitous, grimy sex, and set down in Cuba, and voila you have this novel.If you offend easily, I d stay very clear of this one From the get go, it is a series of unwavering, raunchy no, filthy vignettes that punch to the heart of everything obscene, foul, and desperate that you could ever dream up.The narrator weaves in and out of the chapters, detailing the devastation and foulness of Havana in the mid 90s where people fight, steal, murder, and, well, fuck, to survive There s nothing good here, which is what makes to so compelling Between torrid and random sexual encounters, the narrator declines steadily into grim philosophizing, meaningless in the end, as much of his interactions with others It s not that kind of book, though and here it shines much in the same way Trainspotting does it s a chronicle of how shitty the world can be, while being quite funny at the same time.Havana decays throughout, but it hangs on as the violence and sex get crazier and sicker, perhaps the city s only saving grace There are a lot of sections dealing with the abandoned elderly and the scarred remnants of the communist armed forces There s unintentional cannibalism, an elderly man once known as Superman who could, well, orgasm unaided on stage, potato rooms, and plenty of stabbings.Again, not for the faint of heart I liked this book a great deal I have a London Underground ticket dated 19th April 2001 stuck inside It cost 4 pounds Sterling I d say the value of this book has increased in value a great dealover the last dozen years Echoes of Henry Miller and Charles Bukowski careen off the alley walks inside Pedro Juan Gutierrez s walls This is a world of transvestites, prostitutes, and broken dreams Dreamers seeking fame, seeking a way out of poverty and repression From sightings of UFOs to duc I liked this book a great deal I have a London Underground ticket dated 19th April 2001 stuck inside It cost 4 pounds Sterling I d say the value of this book has increased in value a great dealover the last dozen years Echoes of Henry Miller and Charles Bukowski careen off the alley walks inside Pedro Juan Gutierrez s walls This is a world of transvestites, prostitutes, and broken dreams Dreamers seeking fame, seeking a way out of poverty and repression From sightings of UFOs to ducking around the watchful Party members, this novel takes you to parts of Havana rarely seen Loving it so far, very Hunter S Thompsonish Death in Vegas but with a Cuban feel Set in the early 90 s in Havana Raw and savage and poetic It s a trilogy, the first section is much better and declines in the later 2 sections In the last section each chapter s focus is on a different character people the main character has met They also function as stand alone short character pieces I was disappointed that by the end of the book it s main thrust pardon the pun was the central characte Loving it so far, very Hunter S Thompsonish Death in Vegas but with a Cuban feel Set in the early 90 s in Havana Raw and savage and poetic It s a trilogy, the first section is much better and declines in the later 2 sections In the last section each chapter s focus is on a different character people the main character has met They also function as stand alone short character pieces I was disappointed that by the end of the book it s main thrust pardon the pun was the central character s obsession with sex the first section of the trilogy held great promise but fizzled out in the 2nd and 3rd parts It also reminds me of Henry Charles Bukowski s writing buy less polished English translation by Natasha Wimmer This is a truly dirty book, in that almost every one of its short vignettes contains some sort of sweaty, often grotesque sex The author is a pervert, and not a terribly creative one, really there s farilluminating writing on sex elsewhere That s fine The sex is merely backdrop for his stories of desperate people and situations in a Havana slum during the mid 1990s The author has a unique perspective on all of this, an educated man and a former English translation by Natasha Wimmer This is a truly dirty book, in that almost every one of its short vignettes contains some sort of sweaty, often grotesque sex The author is a pervert, and not a terribly creative one, really there s farilluminating writing on sex elsewhere That s fine The sex is merely backdrop for his stories of desperate people and situations in a Havana slum during the mid 1990s The author has a unique perspective on all of this, an educated man and a former journalist who is struggling to maintain some sort of equilibrium in the midst of starvation and poverty, and to find some pleasure somewhere, anywhere, in his miserable life.At the time I had a little business involving empty beer cans I d pick the cans out of Miramar dumpster, especially the ones around the embassies and foreign business offices Sometimes I d collectthan two hundred cans in a morning I d scrape the tops off and sell them for a peso each at ice stands The stands sold a runny, almost sugarless grapefruit ice, but people waited for half an hour to buy it, and they bought cans from me because the stands didn t even have paper cups they took the shitty stuff and thanked God for their good fortune, because that ice was like a blessing on Havana in the nineties In the rest of the country, there wasn t even water to drink., Nothing Hunger from start to finish But in Havana there s alwaysget up and go Take this can business, for example, People would look at me with disgust when I rummaged through the dumpsters A few times, Public Health inspectors cornered me They said that the cans were dirty and hassled me about epidemics and things like that But I wouldn t fight back I m tired of fighting back In the end, no matter what happens, I always get screwed I don t fight back any I play half retard, half moron, and I m left alone Sometimes I think if you re poor, it s better to be stupid than smart A little bit stupid and very tough a clever beggar is either a brilliant candidate for suicide or a far flung combatant in the world revolution, or both at once.And no complaining It does no good to indulge in complaints or tears or self pity Not for your sake or anyone else s Compassion for no one You ve got to train yourself, but it s possible to achieve the right state of mind After being kicked a thousand times in the ass the balls, at last your learn to be a little bit tough and to face things head on and go on fighting, no matter what There s no other choice Is it possible to live any other way It is an amazing book, a record of a time and place that we rich white Westerners would otherwise never have access to You can view it as a counter to Fidel s communist propaganda, if you wish The author himself repeatedly makes reference to how he lost his job as a reporter after refusing to toe the party line I had spent my life as a fucking journalist, imagining when I began that I d be master of the truth, someone who changed people s ideas, but I could think that way any Forthan twenty years as a journalist, I was never allowed to write with a modicum of respect for my readers, or even the slightest regard for their intelligence No, I always had to write as if stupid people were reading me, people who needed to be force fed ideas And I was rejecting all that Damning to hell all the elegant prose, the careful avoidance of anything that might be morally or socially offensive I couldn t keep upholding propriety or behaving properly, smiling and nice, well dressed, shaved, spritzed with cologne, my watch always keeping the right time And believing all that was inevitable, believing everything lasts forever No I was learning that nothing lasts forever.I felt at home in that stinking building, with people who weren t the slightest bit educated or intelligent, who knew nothing about anything, and who solved everything, or fucked it up worse than it had been before, with shouts, insults, violence, and fists That s how it was To hell with everything.This book, then, is a collection of the naked stories he always wanted to write His stories are short, at most five or ten pages, and each chronicles a brief arc in the wretched life of a whore, an old plumber, an aging former showgirl, a mother with six children, a nurse or policeman No one is happy, at least not for long Everyone drinks cheap kerosene tasting rum, smokes marijuana, and has sex whenever possible without regard to consequence Most of them are petty criminals, stealing from their jobs or selling food or goods on the black market one pretty much has to be a criminal to survive that time and place There are also detailed descriptions of assaults and robberies, collapsing buildings, traffic accidents, and an extremely graphic and violent rape Even the consensual sex is often lifeless and desperate I drank a few shots with her, got plastered again, and lost control My prick stiffened, and I rubbed it through my pants I like to give women thrills that way They all like it, even if they pretend to be disgusted They like to see a man getting hot sitting next to them It was what the old woman was waiting for You re plastered, sweetie She put her hand on my prick and squeezed Feel that beast He wants woman s flesh And just like that she pulled me out of my pants and took me in her mouth She was a pro, naturally We went into her room, and I spent an hour riding that huge bulk of warm, sweaty flesh The two of us were sweating, sweltering It was nice It was really nice She came five hundred times, and she kept saying, That s what I like, white boy, I like to come like a bitch in heat When I finally came, I fell asleep right there in her bed.Aside from the lurid detail with which he shows us these miserable lives, his greatest accomplishment is perhaps the battering which he gives his readers After hundreds of pages of despair, bad luck, ignorance and filth, I began to feel somewhat hardened and despondent myself Nothing ever works out for any of the characters in his book all of whom were real people, one suspects Eventually, I approached the state of mind that he describes so well, where nothing good is expected to last Reading about an old woman who emerges from solitude to find a little happiness in the kindness of her new neighbors, I could only cringe as I waited for disaster Sure enough, one of the young men in the building seduces her, shows her love for the first time in fifty years, gets himself written into her will, and promptly disappears The poor woman dies of shock a week later.But I am glad for the existence of this book It shows me a time and place and state of being that I had suspected, but could never see up close It s real, very earnest and honest in its own way And though he goes through great pains to show us how he s hardened himself wouldn t you he hints eloquently that he s been in love, that he knows what life could be despite everything he s currently experiencing If you look closely, there is a hidden tenderness in this book For the author, writing is a way out He lives in shit, but has managed to forge an aesthetic ideal Art only matters if it s irreverent, tormented, full of nightmares and desperation Only an angry, obscene, violent, offensive art can show us the other side of the world, the side we never see or try not to see as so as to avoid troubling our consciences.I hold a different view, but then I live a life of full bellies and running water If I ever meet Mr Guti rrez, I m going to get drunk with him