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The Tribe

Portraits of Cuba

Carlos Manuel Álvarez; Translated from the Spanish by Frank Wynne with Rahul Bery

Graywolf Press

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ISBN10: 1644450909
ISBN13: 9781644450901


336 Pages



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Teeming with life and compulsively readable, the pieces gathered in The Tribe aggregate into an extraordinary mosaic of Cuba today. Carlos Manuel Álvarez, one of the most exciting young writers in Latin America, employs the crónica form—a genre unique to Latin American writing that blends reportage, narrative nonfiction, and novelistic techniques—to illuminate a particularly turbulent period in Cuban history, from the reestablishment of diplomatic relations with the United States, to the death of Fidel Castro, to the convulsions of the San Isidro Movement.

Unique, edgy, and stylishly written, The Tribe shows a society in flux, featuring athletes in exile, artists, nurses, underground musicians and household names, dissident poets, the hidden underclass at a landfill, migrants attempting to make their way across Central America, fugitives escaping the FBI, and dealers in the black market, as well as revelers and policemen in the noisy Havana night. It is a major work of reportage by one of Granta’s Best of Young Spanish-Language Novelists.


Praise for The Tribe

"Cuban journalist Álvarez has an excellent facility with dialogue and story, showing readers the distinct personalities of a diverse swath of Cuban citizens . . . Beautifully composed authentic vignettes about Cubans of all stripes."Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Álvarez conveys the Cuban landscape and its people with crystalline prose and captures the degradations of living under an authoritarian regime with precision. Readers will be riveted."Publishers Weekly

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About the author

Carlos Manuel Álvarez; Translated from the Spanish by Frank Wynne with Rahul Bery

Carlos Manuel Álvarez is the author of The Fallen. He has been included in Granta’s Best of Young Spanish-Language Novelists as well as Bogotá39’s best Latin American writers under forty. He divides his time between Havana and Mexico City.

Frank Wynne has translated works by authors including Michel Houellebecq, Patrick Modiano, and Virginie Despentes. His work has earned many awards, including the IMPAC Prize, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, and the Premio Valle Inclán.

Rahul Bery translates works from Spanish and Portuguese. His full-length translations include Kokoschka’s Doll by Afonso Cruz and Rolling Fields by David Trueba.