Pedro Juan Gutiérrez
and Faber Publishers Ltd, London, United Kingdom
Publication date: April 7, 2003
Translation and dramatic rights: Thomas Colchie Literary
Original title: Animal tropical
Format: Paperback - Trade paperback, B format
In Tropical Animal,
Gutiérrez again initiates the reader in a profoundly dirty
urban realism. Sexy, sordid and sleazy, it brings to mind
the likes of Miller and Bukowski, but is unmistakably, and
inimitably, its own thing.
Publication of Dirty
Havana Trilogy, Gutiérrez's first novel to be translated
into English, catapulted him into the front rank of internationally
renowned Latin American authors. Tropical Animal
sees the return of the already infamous Pedro Juan, the protagonist
at the heart of the first novel. Pursued by Gloria, a proud
and sophisticated prostitute on a mission to curb his predatory
instincts, Pedro Juan is holed-up in his crumbling Havana
apartment, painting, with a growing sense of melancholy as
he observes the lives of the hustlers, hipsters and hookers
in the city below him. An invitation to Sweden, of all places
- cold, unwelcoming, the very antithesis of Pedro's Cuba -
seems to offer him a way out, and the seductive phone manner
of Agneta proves persuasive enough for him to leave for Europe.
However, he soon finds himself haunted by memories of Gloria
and their wild sex together, and increasingly uninspired by
his new environment. Does Pedro Juan, legendary sexual conquistador
and imbiber of hard liquor and substances, finally have to
admit that the game is over? Or do his hedonistic instincts
have juice enough to keep him active yet?
This book won the Spanish
Novel Prize "Alfonso García-Ramos".
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