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Havana Year Zero av Karla Suárez
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Havana Year Zero (utgåvan 2021)

av Karla Suárez (Författare), Christina MacSweeney (Översättare)

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It was as if we'd reached the minimum critical point of a mathematical curve. Imagine a parabola. Zero point down, at the bottom of an abyss. That's how low we sank. The year is 1993. Cuba is at the height of the Special Period, a widespread economic crisis following the collapse of the Soviet bloc.For Julia, a mathematics lecturer who hates teaching, this is Year Zero: the lowest possible point. But a way out appears: the search for a missing document that will prove the telephone was invented in Havana, secure her reputation, and give Cuba a purpose once more. What begins as an investigation into scientific history becomes a tangle of sex, friendship,family legacies, and the intricacies of how people find ways to survive in a country at its lowest ebb.… (mer)
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Who Invented the Telephone?
Review of the Charco Press paperback edition (February, 2021) translated from the Spanish language original "Habana año cero" (2012)

I thoroughly enjoyed this first English translation of ex-pat Cuban writer Karla Suárez (who now lives in Lisbon, Portugal). It is somewhat of a twisted mystery detailing a search by the protagonist Julia and several men whom she is involved with. The quest is for a mysterious letter that is sought as proof of the invention of the telephone by Italian Antonio Meucci (1808-1889) during the time that he was living in Cuba.

There are a lot of twists and betrayals along the way and at times I worried that the letter was going to just be a MacGuffin and that we wouldn't get a satisfactory conclusion, but Suárez did not disappoint. Havana Year Zero is part of what Suárez calls her "Cuban Quartet," and I hope to read more of her in the future.

I read Havana Year Zero due to its selection for the 2021 Borderless Book Club for which it was the May 20, 2021 selection. Selected audio from the meetings of the Borderless Book Club are posted here (link is to Apple Podcasts). The Havana Year Zero May 20, 2021 meeting is not posted yet though (as of mid July 2021).

Other Reviews (Thanks to Maddie Rogers at the Borderless Book Club)
Karla Suárez: Havana Year Zero review - maths, phones and mysteries in down-at-heel Cuba by Boyd Tonkin at the Arts Desk, February 23, 2021.
Zero is a Lens to See: Karla Suárez's "Havana Year Zero," translated from Spanish by Christina MacSweeney by Dorothy Potter Snyder at Reading In Translation, May 3, 2021.
Havana Year Zero by Karla Suárez by Cath Barton at Lunate, March 27, 2021.

Trivia and Links
There is a playlist (with YouTube video links) of the various songs and music mentioned in the text of Havana Year Zero at author Karla Suárez's website here.

Christina MacSweeney reads from her translation of Karla Suárez's Havana Year Zero on YouTube.

Distance Shapes Memory: An Interview with Karla Suárez by Dorothy Potter Snyder in Asymptote Journal, May 13, 2021. ( )
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It was as if we'd reached the minimum critical point of a mathematical curve. Imagine a parabola. Zero point down, at the bottom of an abyss. That's how low we sank. The year is 1993. Cuba is at the height of the Special Period, a widespread economic crisis following the collapse of the Soviet bloc.For Julia, a mathematics lecturer who hates teaching, this is Year Zero: the lowest possible point. But a way out appears: the search for a missing document that will prove the telephone was invented in Havana, secure her reputation, and give Cuba a purpose once more. What begins as an investigation into scientific history becomes a tangle of sex, friendship,family legacies, and the intricacies of how people find ways to survive in a country at its lowest ebb.

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