Friday, February 22, 2013

"The Tragedy of Fidel Casto," by Joao Cerqueria

This imaginative novel is laced with irony and humor. Highly-praised, it's available for a limited time for 99 cents!

"Novels like The Tragedy of Fidel Castro are the untamed mustangs of fiction that, unlike most other books, run wild and free, contemptuous of the confinement that the corral of ordinary classification would imprison them in." - Mike Gray, The American Culture

"João Cerqueira's novel is an energetic, bizarre, and extremely clever take on two heavily fictionalized leaders'." - Aaron Simon, Bullet Reviews

"The Tragedy of Fidel Castro is a phantasmagoric odyssey through a highly imaginative prose universe of discovery and inquest. It's a magic realism hybrid of sacrificial lambs and Revolution, capitalistic decadence, and celestial consequence. I expect that this rich and unique narrative voice will illuminate a phosphorescent trajectory in the future annals of the New Millennial World Lit!" - Mark Spitzer - Toad Suck Review Editor, Professor of Writing at the University of Central Arkansas

"Brilliant satire, playfully serious [...] do not waste even a single paragraph" - Rita Bonet, Os Meus Livros

"The author brilliantly balances the formal tone and themes of capitalism, socialism and religion with an appropriate dose of the ridiculous. [...] The feeling I got with each page was one that I compare to the first time I read The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan. I might not get it completely at first but it all ties together by the end and there's a feeling of having expanded my world view a bit on every page. [...] If you're a fan of satire, history, or generally good literature, I highly recommend this novel. - Rabid Readers Review

"Cerqueira's writing is elegant and challenging; light and titillating. [...] The Tragedy of Fidel Castro is a delightful book. I highly recommend it." - Melissa Brown Levine

The Tragedy of Fidel Castro, by Joao Cerqueria

When God receives a request from Fátima to help prevent a war between Fidel Castro and JFK, he asks his son, Jesus, to return to Earth and diffuse the conflict. On his island, Fidel Castro faces protests on the streets and realizes that he is about to be overthrown. Alone, surrounded, and aware that the end is fast approaching, he plays his last card. Meanwhile, Christ arrives on Earth and teams up with Fátima, who is convinced she can create a miracle to avoid the final battle between JFK and Fidel Castro and save the world as we know it. At the end, something really extraordinary happens!

Humorous, rich with metaphor, and refreshingly imaginative, The Tragedy of Fidel Castro was chosen as the book-of-the-month and book-of-the-year by Os Meus Livros magazine.

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Meet the Author

João Cerqueira was born in Portugal in 1964 and lives in Viana do Castelo. He has a PhD in art history from the University of Oporto and is the author of seven books, including the novels Blame It on Too Much Freedom, Devil's Observations, and The Tragedy of Fidel Castro, and the nonfiction books Art and Literature in the Spanish Civil War (published in Portugal and Brazil), Maria Pia: Queen and Woman, José de Guimarães (published in China by the Today Art Museum), and José de Guimarães: Public Art. Excerpts from The Tragedy of Fidel Castro and Chronicles about Cuba are published in The Liberator Magazine, Literary Lunes Magazine, Toad Suck Review #2, Danse Macabre, All Right Magazine, Contemporary Literary Review India, and on website Leyendo se hace camino. His novels satirize modern society and use irony and humor to provoke reflection and controversy. He is represented by Kontext Agency.

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