Cuba in the 1960s. The Revolution has succeeded and two boys, with apparently nothing in common, strike up a friendship. Pedro Juan, a familiar characters for readers of Pedro Juan Gutiérrez’s books, is athletic and well-built and, with time, he will become ahe will turn into a natural seducer with a preference for voluptuous women. Fabian is his total opposite: weak, easily frightened and short-sighted, he plays the piano, is homosexual and his parents are Spanish immigrants who had a better life in the pre-revolutionary times.
This impossible friendship continues throughout their lives and the paths of these two men will cross again. Pedro Juan becomes an hedonist that enjoys disorderly sex and Fabian is an artist incapable of facing a hostile reality. Both will meet again in a canned meet factory where the outcast of the new Revolutionary society work. But their fates are inevitable different.
Based on true events, Fabián y el caos is a novel of contrasts: lights and shadows, vitality and pessimism, pleasure and repression. Written with the usual direct and visceral tone of the author, Fabián y el caos is another evidence of the ravishing talent of this Caribbean Bukowski.
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