Domingo de Revolución
Wendy Guerra

FICTION | 2016 | 224 pages

Cleo, a your writer from Havana, travels to Spain to accept a poetry prize and sign a contract to publish her book in several languages. Back in Cuba, with her success in her suitcase, she realizes that she's become an author under suspicion. She begins to find herself under constant surveillance, even in the privacy of her bed. To her horror, she discovers that she suddenly can't trust anyone, not even her closest friends. 

In her attempts to clarify the situation, Cleo learns something unbelievable: her real father may have been secretly executed by the Castro regime, accused of espionage. Investigating this dark episode from the past allows Cleo to reconstruct her own identity, dissolved in the paranoia of a government determined to deprive her of the truth and condemn those who write about it. 

 

RIGHTS: spanish ANAGRAMA | english MELVILLE HOUSE | french BUCHET CHASTEL | norwegian BOKVENNEN |  italian ELLIOT EDIZIONI | dutch DE GEUS

Her books powerfully portray the uncomfortable grandchildren of the revolution. A generation facing the same ‘forbidden’ destiny as their predecessors, experiencing the forbidden in ways that are lighter, but which cause more suffering as well.
— L. Santiago Méndez Alpízar, El País
In what is looking like a crucial moment in the history of Cuba, Wendy Guerra has become the novelist of this metamorphosis, which could lead—as many of us hope—to something as difficult and humble as a democracy.
— Christopher Domínguez Michael, Letras Libres
[Revolution Sunday] is a chronicle of the Cuban reality, which is evolving to the rhythm of historical change, documenting the thaw in the relationship between Washington and Havana after half a century of rupture… This special Sunday depicted by Wendy Guerra is a survival manual, a chronicle that depicts a before, but also an after, “to be able to keep living in Cuba so that certain things don’t happen”. But above all, it is a homage to all those generations of women who, like her, have been isolated by the regime.
— Alba Aragón, Eldiario.es
Revolution Sunday is yet another example of Wendy Guerra’s talent, which gives the book a distinctive naturalness and fine sense of humor as it takes us on a journey to a Cuba that is paranoid and full of secrets.
— Javier Yuste, El Cultural
With a prose that is as poetic as it is volcanic, the Caribbean writer offers a living diary of a woman who is isolated on her own island, as a well as a testimony of a crucial moment of change in the history of a country that the protagonist can’t abandon, and in the end, doesn’t really know how to or even want to leave.
— Oriol Rodríguez, El Nacional
Wendy Guerra questions what it means to be Cuban only to end up telling us that, ultimately, there is no other identity than that of the self… a roman à clef about the relationship between people and the surroundings that shape them, where the only certainty is that we are beings who dance, eat love, think.
— Culturamas
With this novel Wendy Guerra confirms her status as one of the most perspicacious, sophisticated and interesting Latin American writers working today.
— Francisco Martínez Bouzas, Brújulas y Espirales
Here, reality is too powerful to become a protagonist… I disappear… My only mission is to try and spy on reality to describe it, maybe that’s why I’ve been rejected by the authorities. These are Cleo’s words, the protagonist of Wendy Guerra’s most recent novel, but they could have also been uttered by the author herself who, despite being an internationally acclaimed author, with work translated into fifteen languages, is ignored and forbidden in the country of her birth… The story of the novel is built on both a distrust of and a love for Guerra’s country through a fictional autobiographical account of the situation in Cuba… An actress since her youth, a scriptwriter by training, a poet in her soul and the writer of her own reality, Guerra invites us in this book to bear witness the most recent political changes in her country.
— Marta Rózpide, El Imparcial
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BY WENDY GUERRA: 

Domingo de revolución
NOVEL, 2016

Negra
NOVEL, 2013

Posar desnuda en La Habana
NOVEL, 2011

Nunca fui Primera Dama
NOVEL, 2008

Ropa interior
POETRY, 2008

Todos se van
NOVEL, 2006

Cabeza rapada
POETRY, 2006

Platea a oscuras
POETRY, 1987