RE: RARA-AVIS: Crime Fiction in Cuba

From: Jose Latour (
Date: 09 Jan 2002


Martin's a good friend and his Havana Bay is remarkable, considering our culture is alien to him. I assisted him during his research here. It's SANTERIA, a blend of African and Catholic deities.

Man, I've seen it all, but this is not the right forum to tell you about it. I do remember the casinos. My "World Series" deals with that. 1958 Havana, Meyer Lansky, the rift between the five New York Mafia families for the control of gaming here, the whole enchilada. I´ve seen the picture of Hemigway and Castro together. Finca Vigia is a shrine in fact, the Pilar included. Norberto Fuentes wrote Hemingway's biography (well, it's not a biography, it's an account of his years in Cuba). Hemingway's skipper is also Fuentes, and he's 102 years old. Can you believe it? Has smoked cigars all his life.

Take care,


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