By Virgil Suárez
Publication Date: September 30, 1998
Bind: Trade Paperback
About The Book
Having finished his last “voluntary” years in the Cuban military, Julian Campos is now ordered to volunteer more of his life in the sugarcane fields, one of the countless cutters in the state regime’s mad plan to harvest ten million tons of cane in a single season. Five years before, the authorities had refused to yet young Julian leave the island when his parents emigrated to America. His one remaining hope is that if he cooperates fully, he too will at last be granted permission to go. After all, otherwise, as one compañero bitterly observes, “A machete is no match against a machine gun.” But as abuse of Julian as a gusano increases, his desperation grows, and he begins to consider cutting his own reckless path to freedom.
Written in “ a cold, unornamented, Hemingwayesque style, always straightforward and cinematic” (New York Times Book Review), The Cutter rivals Arthur Kosestler’s Darkness at Noon and Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich as an utterly convincing and human portrayal of life in a police state.
Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage
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Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Project is a national project to locate, identify, preserve and make accessible the literary contributions of U.S. Hispanics from colonial times through 1960 in what today comprises the fifty states of the United States.
VIRGIL SUÁREZ’s books include the novels Going Under, Havana Thursdays, and Latin Jazz; a memoir, Spared Angola: Memories from a Cuban-American Childhood; and the short-story collection Welcome to the Oasis and Other Stories. He is also the editor of numerous anthologies, including (with his wife, Delia Poey) Little Havana Blues. He is a professor at Florida State University in Tallahassee.