Enrique Cirules, was born in Camaguey, Cuba, in 1938. He is a great storyteller and the author of several novels and short stories, including "Conversation with the Last American." He won the 1994 Casa de las Americas prize for The Mafia in Havana.
Cuban novelist Cirules has ventured into the world of nonfiction with this book, which won the 1993 Casa de las Am?ricas Prize for Latin American literature and the Critics' Prize in 1994. An in-depth investigation into the Mafia in Cuba, it is more a thorough exploration of the political, economic, and criminal atmosphere in Cuba from 1920 to 1958 than the "Sopranos on holiday" tell-all that the publisher's publicity materials would have readers believe. Cirules traces Mafia activities in Cuba while covering all the related bases, from U.S. foreign policy in Cuba to the Cuban economy to the Cuban underworld. Cirules has supplemented his traditional print research materials with interviews with assistants, bodyguards, female companions, and others who knew Mafiosi of the era: An extensive bibliography is included. Scholars and students will appreciate this well-researched and documented study of a subject on which little English-language material exists. Recommended for large public libraries and academic libraries supporting criminal justice and/or Caribbean studies programs. Sarah Jent, Univ. of Louisville Lib., KY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
"A meticulously accurate and superbly written history of the Cuban underworld in terms of the interactions between the American Mafia, US businesses and governmental intelligence agencies. The Mafia in Havana is a seminal and strongly recommended addition