by João Cerqueira
ForeWord Book of The Year Awards Finalist in Translations (Adult Fiction) (2012), ForeWord Book of The Year Awards Winner in Translations (Adult Fiction - Bronze) (2012)
OVERVIEW- (FROM NETGALLEY)
When God receives a request from Fatima to help prevent a war between Fidel Castro and JFK, he asks his son, Jesus, to return to Earth and diffuse the conflict. On his island, Fidel Castro faces protests on the streets and realizes that he is about to be overthrown. Alone, surrounded, and aware that the end is fast approaching, he plays his last card. Meanwhile, Christ arrives on Earth and teams up with Fatima, who is convinced she can create a miracle to avoid the final battle between JFK and Fidel Castro and save the world as we know it. At the end, something really extraordinary happens!
Humorous, rich with metaphor, and refreshingly imaginative, The Tragedy of Fidel Castro was chosen as the book-of-the-month and book-of-the-year by Os Meus Livros magazine.
I just finished THE TRAGEDY OF FIDEL CASTRO by Joao Cerqueira. To prevent a war between Castro and John F. Kennedy, Fatima sends a request to God. He sends his son, Jesus to help with this conflict. Fidel Casstro knows he is about to lose office by the protests in the streets.
Knowing the end is near, he has only one chance left. Christ is now on Earth and meets with Fatima. A miracle is created by Fatima and she is sure it will work. Will it work to save the world? the author puts you at a place where you have to know more. I don't normally like books like this but this was an exception. Once you get into the book you will find it is rather humorous. The author wrote this book in an extraordinary way. Just a little strange. I loved the way the author gave the characters important names like JFK, Castro, God, etc. At first I couldn't figure out why the author was using the names he was. Names we normally associate with different people. These characters are not the same people. After I figured that out, the book started to be more interesting and fun to read. At first I didn't feel God and Christ should have been used the way they were in this book. But the author did it in a imaginative way and made the book quite a read.
The book was originally written in Spanish and I understand that the Spanish version is yet better. The author wrote an interesting and sometimes humorous read with a little history, satire and humor wrapped in one entertaining book, with a little religion and politics tucked in.
I would recommend this book to a anyone with an open mind. If you have an open mind, step out of the box, and read this book. Give it a real honest look and you may find you are looking at things a little different. The book was not at all what I expected, but I was truly not disappointed.
Get rid of that box and let your mind enter an openness. You won't be sorry.
I would give this book 4 STARS.
I was given a complimentary ebook of THE TRAGEDY OF FIDEL CASTRO from NetGalley on behalf of the author, Joao Cerqueira for this unbiased review.
João Cerqueira was born in Portugal in 1964 and lives in Viana do Castelo. He has a PhD in art history from the University of Oporto and is the author of seven books, including the novels Blame It on Too Much Freedom, Devil's Observations, and The Tragedy of Fidel Castro, and the nonfiction books Art and Literature in the Spanish Civil War (published in Portugal and Brazil), Maria Pia: Queen and Woman, José de Guimarães (published in China by the Today Art Museum), and José de Guimarães: Public Art.
Excerpts from The Tragedy of Fidel Castro and Chronicles about Cuba are published in The Liberator Magazine, Literary Lunes Magazine, Toad Suck Review #2, Danse Macabre, All Right Magazine, Contemporary Literary Review India, and on website
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His novels satirize modern society and use irony and humor to provoke reflection and controversy.
He is represented by Kontext Agency.