Cuban neopolicial descends into the underworld: Amir Valle's pentalogy


Between 2001 and 2008 Cuban writer Amir Valle published the five novels of his series "The descent into the underworld", with which he became one of the most famous crime fiction writers of the last decades in Cuba. Written as a narrative continuation of his controversial Habana Babilonia, the series continues its approach to the world of Havana's marginality with the purpose of denouncing what the author considers the failure of the Cuban Revolution. The article examines to what extent Amir Valle's project is successful, pointing out at the same time problems such as racial representation or his tendency toward an excessive politicization of the discourse.

Cuba; neopolicial; marginality; crime fiction; Afro-Cuban characters

Programa de Pos-Graduação em Letras Neolatinas, Faculdade de Letras -UFRJ Av. Horácio Macedo, 2151, Cidade Universitária, CEP 21941-97 - Rio de Janeiro RJ Brasil , - Rio de Janeiro - RJ - Brazil