RARA-AVIS: Themes of the Months--Jose Latour

From: Mrriter@aol.com
Date: 01 Jan 2002

Jose Latour, the Cuban author of "Outcast," will be the guest author for the month of January and the theme of "Latino Noir and Hardboiled." Mr. Latour has written seven novels; "Outcast", nominated for an Edgar, is his first written in English. He serves as the vice-president for the Latin American Division of the International Association of Crime Writers. He will join us on the list during January although he is busy on another book. Jose Latour lives in Havana, where he won his first literary prize at age thirteen. In an interview, he said, "Outcast's story is a reflection on one of the darkest sides of human behavior: Greed leads to scheming for profit and some individuals won't stop at anything to achieve their objectives. It is also a tale on how social environments shape the lives of the book's characters, maybe mirroring the outlooks, joys and sorrows of millions of people in Cuba and the U.S." The rest of that interview is at http://www.nypress.com/print.cfm?content_id=451. Several months ago, "Outcast" attracted some positive attention on this list.
 Maybe you have follow-up questions for Mr. Latour? This month's theme is a good time to catch up with this writer, as well as several others who may not be as familiar as Chandler, Hammet or Ellroy: Paco Ignacio Taibo, Daniel Chavarria, Max Martinez, Luis Sepulveda, Alex Abella. Back in November I posted a message listing these and other writers--it is still in the archives. Best wishes for 2002. Manuel Ramos


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