Litquake is proud to host the San Francisco launch of Cristina Garcia's King of Cuba at our Epicenter this September. Told with wry wit and keen insight, this entertaining and richly satisfying story, about a fictionalized Fidel Castro and an octogenarian Cuban exile obsessed with seeking revenge against the dictator, is the newest from the National Book Award finalist and author of Dreaming in Cuban. Garcia will be in conversation with Oscar Villalon from Zyzzyva.
Garcia's tremendous empathy for her characters is the magnetic force of her fiction, and her lifeblood theme is the scarring legacy of oppression and brutality, particularly the horrors and absurdities of the Castro regime. In her most honed and lashing novel to date, she goes directly to the source...An ingeniously plotted, boisterous, and brilliantly castigating tale" - Booklist
El Comandante, an aging Castro-like dictator shambles about his mansion in Havana, visits a dying friend, tortures hunger strikers in one of his prisons, and grapples with the stale end of his life that is as devoid of grandeur as his nearly sixty-year-old revolution. Across the waters in Florida, Goyo Herrera, a Miami exile in his eighties, plots revenge against his longtime enemy-the very same El Comandante-whom he blames for stealing his beloved, ruining his homeland, and taking his father's life.
Shifting between the two men with great resonance and humor, and peppered with the rabble of other Cuban voices that create a patchwork of history's unofficial stories, Garcia's novel plumbs the passions and realities of these two Cubas-on the island, and off. Writing at the top of her form, Garcia returns to the territory of her homeland.