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Tropical Animal: A novel
Pedro Juan Gutiérrez

Editor: Carroll & Graf, New York, United States
Translated from the Spanish by Peter Lownds
Original title: Animal tropical
Publication date: November 30, 2004
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0786714999
ISBN-13: 978-0786714995

Pedro Juan Gutiérrez - Tropical animal (Carroll & Graf)

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Echoing the raw vitality of Henry Miller, Tropical Animal brings the return of the already infamous Pedro Juan, the seductive protagonist at the heart of Dirty Havana Trilogy. 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 antithesis of Pedro’s Cuba—gives him an official way out, and the phone manner of his potential hostess offers incentive enough for him to leave for the literary life in Europe. However, once there he finds himself haunted by memories of the passionate Gloria and increasingly uninspired by his new environment. Does Pedro Juan, legendary seducer and imbiber of hard liquor, finally have to admit that his game is over—to be replaced by this more balanced, more secure, colder existence? In tight, tough prose Pedro Juan Gutiérrez explores human animalism with a joyous fearlessness absent from much of our contemporary culture and sheds a brilliant new light into the depths and complexities of the soul.

   This book won the Spanish Novel Prize "Alfonso García-Ramos".

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