Book: The Tragedy of Fidel Castro by João Cerqueiracategories: Book, Literary Fiction, Satire, Humor, Religion, Multicultural, Politics, Cuba, Miracles, Europe, Communism, Historical Fiction
João Cerqueiraabout this book: The Tragedy of Fidel Castro is a highly ironic tale that has affinities not only with the work of Nobel prize-winner, José Saramago, but also with John Niven's The Second Coming and John Banville's The Infinities in its humour and the use of divine intervention.
I have been three times in Cuba and some parts of the book - the demonstrations against the regime - were told me by Havana citizens.
Because the novel combines politics, religion and miracles, I think I have something truly original to offer you.
The strongest aspects of the book are:
• Jesus returns to Earth once again
• God and Jesus discuss their own origin, the nature of evil and other metaphysical problems
• Fidel Castro makes a pact with the Devil
• Inside a monastery Fidel Castro proposes a Marxist interpretation of the Old Testament (The story of David, Uriah and Bathsheba)
• Fatima tries to provoke an eclipse (like the ''Miracle of the Sun'' in 1917).
The target audiences are readers who like historical and literary fiction and also those who are interested in politics.
But people interested in religious subjects will also be drawn to the book. Therefore, I think there will be worldwide a lot of people who will buy it.
Because of the European crisis, protesters occupying Wall Street, India and China's rise and the North Korea's problems, I think this book – which debates Capitalism and Socialism – addresses issues of critical interest in discussions on the problems of today's world.
In short, the book stands for political freedom and for humanitarian values.
• "Portuguese author João Cerqueira [...] happens to be one of the more clever and creative humorists writing today." — literaryaficionado.com
• "The Tragedy of Fidel Castro" is very much recommended reading for those who like religious and alternative history reads, not to be missed." — midwestbookreview.com
• The Tragedy of Fidel Castro was chosen the third best translation published in America by the magazine ForewordReviews
• 2013 USA Best Book Awards Winner (Fiction: Multicultural)
• 2014 Beverly Hills Book Awards Winner (Fiction: Multicultural)
• 2014 Global Ebook Awards Gold Winner (Fantasy/Historical Setting)
• Interview: João Cerqueira, Author of 'The Tragedy of Fidel Castro'
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