An audacious “biography” of the ex-president of Cuba told in Castro’s own outrageous, bombastic voice. Prize-winning author and journalist Norberto Fuentes was once a revolutionary: a writer with privileged access to Fidel Castro’s inner circle during some the most challenging years of the revolution. But in the late 1990s, as the regime began sending its oldest comrades to the firing squad, he became A Man Who Knew Too Much. Escaping a death sentence and now living in exile, Fuentes has written a brilliant, satirical, and utterly captivating “autobiography” of the Cuban leader—in Fidel’s own arrogant and seductive language—discussing everything from Castro’s early sexual experiences in Bir n to his true feelings about Che Guevara and his philosophy on murder, legacy, and state secrets. Critics have long admired Fuentes’s writing; one U.S. article called him “Norman Mailer’s Cuban pen pal.” Akin to Gertrude Stein’s The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, or Edmund Morris’s Dutch, this wickedly entertaining, true-to-life masterpiece is as imaginative and outsized as Castro himself.
"...it's a fascinating character study." Esquire "Fuentes's fiction brings Castro magnificently alive, thus making what he presents as his casual brutality all the more repellent..." Terry Eagleton, The Guardian "...the total effect of The Autobiography of Fidel Castro is fascinating, mesmeric even. Ironically, it's the wealth of colour and fact that makes it such a powerful work." Diplomat Magazine "A compelling fictional personage-by turns arrogant, funny, pompous, lewd, self-absorbed and self-deluding." The New York Times
Number Of Pages: 592
Published: 6th December 2010
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 15.9 x 2.807
Weight (kg): 0.444