The Transparency of Time by Leonardo Padura
Translated by: Anna Kushner
Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
Format: Paperback: 10th June 2021, £12.99
Format: Hardcover: 15th June 2021, £21.30
Format: eBook available to download now, £6.64
Reviewed by: Russell James
Some readers will find these episodes too long, too full of historical detail, and not directly linked to the tale in hand. Other readers will say that these historic, perhaps mythic, episodes are what raise this crime novel out of the mire of Cuban poverty into the richer light above.
About the Author
Leonardo Padura was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1955. A novelist, journalist, and critic, he is the author of several novels, two volumes of short stories, and several nonfiction collections. His novels featuring the detective Mario Conde have been translated into many languages and have won literary prizes around the world. The Man Who Loved Dogs was a finalist for the Book of the Year Award in Spain. Padura lives in Havana.
About the Translator
Anna Kushner was born in Philadelphia and first traveled to Cuba in 1999. She has translated the novels of Guillermo Rosales, Norberto Fuentes, Gonçalo M. Tavares, and Leonardo Padura.
Russell James is an established British writer and critic and was Chairman of the Crime Writers’ Association during 2001 - 2002. Initially making his name as a crime writer, his hard-hitting, low-life thrillers were usually set in south east London and, unusually, they featured no detectives; when the police did appear it was on the sidelines. All his crime books were well reviewed and most are now available as ebooks.
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