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During the next six years, he continued to work as a journalist, reporting on a wide range of cultural and historical topics. However, around this time he began to write his first novel featuring police officer Mario Conde.

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While he was writing it, Padura realised how fundamental his years as a journalist were to his development as a writer. Firstly it gave him a whole new experience of the country, and secondly, it changed his style with respect to his first book. Padura still lives and writes in his native city of Havana.

But this is very much his niche: he is widely seen as the best writer in Cuba, a country whose best writers were all formed before Castro rule. He offers us an off-the-beaten-path visit of a relatively closed society, a prose that is free of propaganda though not liberated from surveillance. By occupying a small but significant critical space in Cuba, Padura becomes more interesting for Cuba observers and more intriguing for students of cultural and literary trends in the island.

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Padura is best known in the English-speaking world for his quartet of detective novels featuring lieutenant Mario Conde. Collectively titled Las cuatro estaciones The four seasons , they are sometimes called The Havana Quartet in their English translations. Conde is a cop who would rather be a writer, and admits to feelings of "solidarity with writers, crazy people, and drunkards". The four books were adapted as four Spanish language television films, which have been released in a group with English subtitles as the Netflix mini-series Four Seasons in Havana.

An English-language remake named Havana Quartet was considered by Starz , with Antonio Banderas tagged to act as Conde, [6] [7] but it did not proceed beyond the development stage. He comments on the coldness of character that he observes in the people who rush past him through the streets of London and he cannot help comparing everything with his Havana.

Adiós mi Habana

However, Padura always writes about Havana with knowledge and fluency; he knows what he is talking about and is totally aware of the great progress that his country has made. The crisis of the nineties had to come about to arrive at this different outlook. His books are very critical, but Padura says that there are many factors that have contributed to this. He explains that after the repression which preceded the nineties, the attitude of the Cuban cultural authorities has been more intelligent and has changed a great deal.

It is at this moment that Padura reminds me that even though there is no relationship between the number of copies sold in his country and the money obtained from sales, the most important thing is that the books sell.


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