Fernando Velázquez Medina – Last Rumba in Havana

The adventures of a dirty mixed-race

The main character, an attractive mixed-race lady who studied architecture and graduated from the school of life by committing a murder, serving jail and prostituting herself, is “an educated gossip woman that mixes jest and poetry” who would like to become “a classy lady, working in the field of art”, and become rich and travel the world. Her self-expression comes with outbursts of vulgarity, erudite quotes and tells about herself through an inextricable knot suspended between past and present, in a tangle of flashbacks. She doesn’t hesitate to take risks to enjoy life and moves on, surrounded by a chorus of characters, in a degraded Cuba where it is difficult to put lunch and dinner together.
A novel of wild fiction, dotted with half-serious literary disquisitions and homages to Lovecraft, in which the author quotes himself and speaks about himself. A captivating story, thatcharms you and makes you cringe. Fernando Velázquez Medina’s dirty realism may be annoying, but imprints itself in your mind and bowels.

Translation by Silvia Accorrà (edited by Sara Di Girolamo)

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Heiko H. Caimi
Heiko H. Caimi, born in 1968, is a writer, screenwriter, poet and teacher of fiction writing. He has collaborated as an author with publishers Mondadori, Tranchida, Abrigliasciolta and others. He has taught at the Egea bookshop of Bocconi University in Milan and several other schools, libraries and associations in Italy and Switzerland. Since 2013 he has been editorial director of the literature magazine Inkroci. He is one of the founders and organizers of the traveling literary festival Libri in Movimento. He collaborates with the news magazine "InPrimis" keeping the column "Pages in a minute" and with the blog of the writer Barbara Garlaschelli "Sdiario". He published the novel "I predestinati" (The Predestined, Prospero, 2019) and edited the anthology of short stories "Oltre il confine. Storie di migrazione" (Over the border. Migration stories, Prospero, 2019).