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Cuban writer uses crime fiction to write about political realities

Leonardo Padura writes gritty crime novels notable for their setting – Havana, the author's hometown – and for viewing Cuba through a critical eye. The characters deal with constant hardships of life in modern Cuba, including shortages of food, limited opportunities and a heavy-handed government bureaucracy. But the stories also convey an appreciation of the country, its people and their ability to respond to challenging circumstances with grace.

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