ISBN-10: 1913867005
ISBN-13: 9781913867003
Publisher: Charco Press
Publish Date: 11/02/2021
Dimensions: 7.70" L, 4.90" W, 0.90" H

Havana Year Zero

Translator: Christina Macsweeney


Price: $15.95


Sex, lies, and scientific history collide in 1993 Havana.

It was as if we’d reached the minimum critical point of a mathematical curve. Imagine a parabola. Zero point down, at the bottom of an abyss. That’s how low we sank.

The year is 1993. Cuba is at the height of the Special Period, a widespread economic crisis following the collapse of the Soviet bloc.For Julia, a mathematics lecturer who hates teaching, this is Year Zero: the lowest possible point. But a way out appears: the search for a missing document that will prove the telephone was invented in Havana, secure her reputation, and give Cuba a purpose once more. What begins as an investigation into scientific history becomes a tangle of sex, friendship, family legacies, and the intricacies of how people find ways to survive in a country at its lowest ebb.

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English PEN (Award)
Carbet de la Caraïbe et du Tout-monde (Winner)
Insular Book Award (Winner)

"A breezy, engaging and cunningly plotted tour of a resilient city and culture. (4 stars)" –The Arts Desk

"A terrifically enjoyable read." –Irish Times

"Equal parts historical novel, comedy of errors and detective story, Suárez portrays with extraordinary voluptuousity and suggestiveness one of the toughest periods of this Caribbean island." –El Mundo

"An astonishing novel." –Le Figaro Littéraire

"'The Name of the Rose' Cuban-style...A masterpiece." –Marie Claire

"A brilliant, intense mystery." –BookBlast

"A delightfully unusual detective story." –Shiny New Books

"Suarez's prose, and Christina MacSweeney's translation, is conversational, beautifully written and manages wonderfully to evoke Havana as a city in crisis without the situation seeming hopeless." –The Sock Drawer

"A magisterial and innovative demonstration of first-person narration." –Reading in Translation

"Suárez's sharp, engaging prose grows organically out of a clear and unique narrative voice." –Necessary Fiction

"Quirky, poignant, and very relevant for our times." –Lucy Writers

"Havana Year Zero is like a set of Russian dolls; its many layers fit together in a firm and satisfying way." –Lunate

"Suárez's kaleidoscopic take on recent Cuban history is worth a look." –Publishers Weekly

"'Havana Year Zero', is one of those few precious books that humbly offers up sentences that you take forward into the world, sharp bifurcating sentences, dissecting sentences, that swiftly bring sense to confusion, order to chaos. " –Callum Churchill, Mr B's Emporium

"Suárez applies chaos theory to Cuba." –Le Temps

"A brilliant, joyful and beautiful novel." –Leer

"The original plot, narrated like a mathematical conundrum, and the apocalyptic portrait of Havana in 1993 are two of the great attractions of this novel." –La Libre Belgique

"With incisive and restrained language, Suárez portrays a country ravaged by the economic crisis." –Le Matin d'Algérie

"Rich in the ingredients typical of the best literature: a good story, with rhythm and flow, but also sensibility, elegance, intelligence and a sense of humour." –Duas margens

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ISBN-10: 1913867005
ISBN-13: 9781913867003
Publisher: Charco Press
Publish Date: 11/02/2021
Dimensions: 7.70" L, 4.90" W, 0.90" H
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