GG - who may or may not be Graham Greene - arrives in Havana in 1955 in search of a good time.
He heads to the Shanghai Theatre, and after becoming transfixed by the many sex acts he sees, he goes backstage to meet the star of the show, Charity.
GG falls for her, and the pair spend the night together.
But when he returns the following night, he finds, to his horror, a dead body in her dressing room; and a newspaper article reveals he's considered the culprit.
Packed with vacuum salesmen, Cuban intelligence officials, dead bodies, spies from around the world and the heady nightlife of Havana, Gutierrez re-writes "Our Man in Havana", lacing the narrative with observations of Greene's work, his sources of inspiration, his desires and his phobias in a novel of sex, spies and literary commentary.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 160 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 01/11/2009
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780571230273
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Review by adpaton
When obscure English journalist George Greene is mistaken for the renowned novelist Graham Greene during a 1955 visit to Havana, he makes no attempt at all to correct the mistaken assumption. Au contraire. So the real Graham Greene is somewhat surprised to learn that he and ‘Superman’, a porno performer with an outsized organ, have been arrested for murder in a sleazy sex club in Havana’s red light district, and hurries to Cuba to set the record straight. Packed with prostitutes, spies and Neo-Nazis, the book is an alternate but parallel version of Our Man in Havana – only funnier, lewder and more audacious!