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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Herejes by Leonardo Padura Fuentes. The S. Saint Louis spent several days anchored at Havana in while waiting for the Cuban authorities to allow Jewish refugees from Germany into their country.
Confident that a painting by Rembrandt that had belonged to their family since the 17th century — and which they had smuggled into the ship — would convince the Cubans to let them in, little Daniel Kaminsky The S. Confident that a painting by Rembrandt that had belonged to their family since the 17th century — and which they had smuggled into the ship — would convince the Cubans to let them in, little Daniel Kaminsky and his uncle waited at the dock for their relatives to land.
However their plan failed and the ship returned to Germany, taking away with her any chance of encounter. Detective Mario Conde is the only one who can help him. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published November 12th by Planeta Publishing first published More Details Original Title.
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Fans of Mario Conde are in for a treat. As perhaps to be expected, Conde has all sorts of emotional support from Tamara, the women he loves, from his fai "My friend, the thing is that those kids don't believe in anything because they're not finding anything to believe in. As perhaps to be expected, Conde has all sorts of emotional support from Tamara, the women he loves, from his faithful dog, Garbage 11, and most especially from his drinking cronies - Skinny, Carlos, Rabbit and Candito the Red.
Conde occasionally even has support from his former colleagues on the Havana police force. The wide window into Cuban culture and society via this raucous bunch is nothing short of espectacular.
Leonardo Padura, Cuba's greatest living author, weaves four major threads in his wide-ranging epic fictional tapestry: 1 the story revolving around the ocean liner St.
Louis leaving Nazi Germany and refused entry into Havana in ; 2 New York artist Elias Kaminsky flying to Havana in to convey his story to Conde, a story about his connection to Jewish ancestors on shore waiting for passengers to deboard the St.
One thing a reader can always look forward to: when speaking with someone in his quest to crack a case, Conde relies on his intuition as he risks it all by asking a stunning, emotionally-charged, shocking question. Big, Burly Painter: Elias Kaminsky pulls on his pony tail when his emotions get the better of him - at different stages along the way in uncovering the truth he seeks about his father and a famous Rembrandt painting, the big man frequently tugs on his hair and sheds tears.
And, yes, Elias has a new close friend, a man he both loves and respects in the person of a rum drinking Cuban ex-cop. As we learn, Joseph is forced to live with two faces, one Jewish, one Cuban. In order to wed the love of his life, a Cuban beauty, Joseph converts to Catholicism. Ah, a heretic! Heretic of the s: The entire second section of the novel explores how Elias Ambrosius, a Jew, turns himself over to the practice of the forbidden art of portrait painting.
Ah, another heretic! Again, let us not be too hasty - Elias turns himself over to other pursuits that might have him travel far and wide, even coming in contact with one Jew by the name of Sabbatai Zevi. Havana and Amsterdam: Both cities are described with such vivid flair, it's as if the houses and streets, building and bars are living, breathing presences.
Are these teenagers serious about cutting themselves off from the world around them and cutting their own skin? Are hardcore Emos serious about seeking out ways to become depressed? Not knowing a thing about Emos myself, I was likewise blown away. But his words are also very readable and flow along smoothly. Special call-out to translator Anna Kushner here. Everything was alive again, shaking off the lethargy of ice and the aggressive winter winds that, for months, had beaten the city and oppressed its inhabitants, its animals, its flowers.
In a wider context, an individual who strikes out against standardized norms and conventions. Read all about it. Heretics is a modern classic. Cuban author Leonardo Padura, born , still lives in the same Havana home he grew up in. Because of that, an important basis for the development of those philosophies, processed by those young people, is that man will not be completely free until any concern regarding the body has disappeared from him. And to begin to distance themselves from the body, they accentuate its ugliness, its darkness.
They harm it, they mark it, dirty it, although many times they also drug it to get rid of it without getting rid of it. View all 6 comments. Apr 04, Evi Routoula rated it it was amazing. So happy that I found out about Leonardo Padura.
This book includes three stories that are connected one with the other. From Poland of s to Amsterdam of s and to today Cuba. Full of historical events and questions about the meaning of life and the possibility of personal freedom in a society, in all societies through the years.
Just wonderful! In the shell of a seemingly conventional mystery, Padura has written a bravura meditation about faith, freedom, free will and the nature of authoritarian repression. This is an ambitious book, and one that largely succeeds in its explorations. Padura also writes with great depth and sensitvity about European and New World Jewish culture.
Finally, but by no means least, Heretics also provides commentary on present day Cuba, where most of the story is set. This was the most rewarding contemporary In the shell of a seemingly conventional mystery, Padura has written a bravura meditation about faith, freedom, free will and the nature of authoritarian repression.
This was the most rewarding contemporary novel I have read in a long time. It has flaws, it is unnecessarily discursive; Heretics could easily have been pages shorter. But overall, very worth reading. View 1 comment. Leonardo Padura takes us on an intriguing journey related to the portrait of a young Jewish painted by Rembrandt. The novel is structured in three books that take place at different times in different locations. Louis sailing from Germany with Jews on board.
The passengers are not allowed to disembark. Why is the painting later observed in a the house of a Cuban official in ? Why is it found in an auction in London in ?
The first part of the novel the book of Daniel also depicts a pre-revolutionary Cuba, and its Jewish community torn between the respect for tradition and the attraction to a tropical lifestyle. Amsterdam is called "the new Jerusalem" by the Jewish community fleeing persecution in Spain. Painting is against the laws of his religion.
Secretly, he starts serving Rembrandt, and later becomes his student. The master admires him and in recognition of this talent signs a picture of his student.
The third part of the novel the book of Judith takes us back to Cuba in where troubled teenagers deny a false revolutionary yoke. The enigma of the painting disappearance is also revealed. It also tells about the beginning of the long journey of Rembrandt's painting. I also liked the book of Daniel where the teenager who decides to live as a Cuban, lets us discover the thrilling and colourful life of a pre-revolutionary Cuba.
In this powerful novel, Leonardo Padura pays homage to free will and all "heretics" who dare to oppose the dictates of their time or their community.
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