Las Criadas de La Habana (2015)

Pedro Perez-Sarduy

This is a novel whose point of departure is the oral history of a domestic worker in pre-revolutionary Havana. Marta, the unschooled black woman who is the central character, is ideally placed to observe the disparate worlds she connects: that of the wealthy white families and that of the poor black women in their service. These were years of great upheaval: the rich were leaving, the poor were being given new opportunities. The social landscape was shifting.

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