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Central America & Caribbean
The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano
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- A riotous, sexy and often hilarious novel about visceral realist poets in Mexico City in the 1970s. The first part of the novel is the diary of 17 year-old Juan Garcia Madero and how he meets the leaders of a poetic movement, Ulises Lima and Arturo Belano, the second part consists of interviews with a series of people who met Belano and Lima on their journey across Mexico, Europe and Africa. A breath of fresh air to South American literature and highly recommended.
Central America and Mexico by Footprint
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- Footprint guides are the best practical guides to Central and South America, combining reliable logistical information, with some refreshing recommendations and an adequate, well-written cultural and historical background. Includes chapters on Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.
Cuba by Rough Guides
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- A fantastic all-round guide with good contextual reading supporting exhaustive practical information. Maps are decent on the whole, though colour photography is sparse. We found this to be the volume that comes closest to covering adequately the difficulties of exhanging and obtaining currency currently prevalent on the island.
Havana & the Best of Cuba by Time Out
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- A first-rate guide to the city's many highlights with its finger firmly on the pulse. Maps are clear and well-annotated and colour photographs abound. Be warned that the 'Best of Cuba' element is mostly restricted to day-trips from the capital.
Havana Blue by Leonardo Padura
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- Following the melancholy but implacable Lieutenant Mario Conde, Padura's series of Havana crime thrillers have won him worldwide acclaim, and rightly so. In this marvellously atmospheric first installment Conde must shake himself out of his New Year stupor to investigate the murder of a successful businessman who once stole the heart of the girl Conde himself loved.
Havana: Autobiography of a City by Alfredo Jose Estrada
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- Passionate and knowledgeable, Estrada has written a stunning portrait of the city, covering everything from the arrival of Columbus and his crew to Hemingway's favourite end of the bar at La Bodeguita. Of great interest regardless of whether one is planning a trip, but crucial in that event.
Cuba Confidential: The Extraordinary Tragedy of Cuba, its Revolution and its Exiles by Ann Louise Bardach
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- An insightful work of investigative journalism in which Bardach exposes the compelling truth of the ongoing, bloody vendetta between Miami and Havana that has persisted since Castro's rise to power. Drawing on first-hand accounts from both sides, and from both victims and perpetrators, this is a provocative portrait of Cuba that exposes some of the unglamorous realities behind its charming facade.