Mario Conde's 'Havana Fever': A Literary Analysis

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There is nothing more amazing than the enormous power exercised by the media and the influence that it can have on the development of nationalism. In the case of Cuban journalist and novelist Leonardo Padura nationalism as an ideology it’s manifested by soaking the readers into the heart of his country Cuba throughout the novel Havana Fever. A book that acts as a time machine between past and present with features of Cuba yesterday and today. Cuba today is different than the Cuba before and after the Revolution of 1959. Everything changes: people, society, the historical context, and each of these traits that describe a nation are linked to a character in this novel. Padura seek to help the readers to understand Latin America, and especially his country Cuba, by the hand of Mario Conde the protagonist; and music, books, society and crimes.…show more content…
Through Mario Conde, Padura loves and criticizes his country as the “lopsided country where he’d been lucky to be born obstinately stayed on, against the odds” (273) especially between a period when “the rebels won and Batista left Cuba” (213) and the Cuba nowadays. Mario Conde is a former policeman, who earned his living working in a decent good manner. It is Conde with his beloved and bizarre group of friends that will make the transitions of history easier for the readers. Therefore it is the people of Cuba who will develop the country in unique and enigmatic way. Havana Fever outlines the story of Conde who constantly is questioning life: “what if one had to pass through this world without the chance to enjoy those simple miracles?”(184) given this point, Cuba at the eyes of Conde is the result of his friendship with life and death, love and adventure, fear and frustration, bolero and

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