Pedro Juan Gutiérrez
Dirty Havana Trilogy
tells the story of Pedro Juan, an ex-radio journalist who
wanders from one odd job to the next, half-disgusted and half-fascinated
by his predicament. Working as a garbage-man, dealing on the
black market, selling marijuana, and hustling lady tourists
off the streets, Pedro Juan throws himself wholeheartedly
into the pleasures of the flesh in his squalid surroundings:
drink, sex and more sex. A visceral and unforgettable picaresque,
a damning portrait of vice and poverty, and an insane journey
into the condemned soul of a sexual deviant, Dirty Havana
Trilogy is a Tropic of Cancer for these times.
The title suggests a triptych: Marooned in no-man's-land, Nothing to do and Essence of me.