A dramatic account of the pre-revolution era in Cuba, describing the culture of casinos, cabarets and drugs on an island frequented by Hollywood celebrities and infamous Mafia bosses. Mafia in Cuba is a tale of corruption and organized crime, where politicians are sold to the highest bidder and where real power lies with the Mafia and other U.S. interests. It describes a Havana dominated by drug trafficking, gambling and prostitution. A highly readable but rigorous study of a fascinating period of history from 1934 to 1958, this book uses both Cuban and U.S. sources to document the intertwined relationships between Washington, the Mafia and the pre-revolution governments in Cuba.
Enrique Cirules, was born in Camaguey, Cuba, in 1938. He is a great storyteller who has published numerous books of short stories. Among his best-known novels is Conversacion con el ultimo norteamericano (Conversation with the last American) 1973. Mafia in Havana won the 1993 Casa de las Americas Prize for Latin American literature and the Critics' Prize in 1994.