By Stephen Purvis
'In its tragic absurdity, Close yet No Cigar reads like a Graham Greene tale, with a forged of characters to make Hemingway proud ... [This] story might be learn by way of an individual who desires to comprehend what lies past the shorelines and Bacardi [of Cuba]' DAILY TELEGRAPH
For over a decade Stephen Purvis were a pillar of Havana's expat group, one of the overseas businessmen making an investment in Cuba's move slowly from chilly conflict communism in the direction of modernity. yet for purposes unknown to him he was once additionally below nation Security's microscope. One morning through the top of President Raúl Castro's purges in 2012, whereas his kin slept the unmarked Ladas of kingdom protection arrived at his domestic and he used to be taken away into the absurd and brutal international of Cuban justice.
In this engrossing memoir, Purvis recounts his fifteen-month ordeal. Accused initially of promoting nation secrets and techniques, he's taken to the infamous interrogation centre Villa Marista, the place he endures brutal stipulations designed via the KGB and Stasi to wreck the our bodies and minds of spies and political prisoners, and resists the paranoia and incompetence of his jailers. Later, held in a maximum-security criminal, he unearths himself surrounded by way of a motley group of convicts: people-smugglers and drug-runners including a handful of burdened businessmen additionally waiting for formal charges.
From his arrest to his farcical mystery trial and surprising unencumber, Purvis exposes the insanity of contemporary Cuba with wit, grit and a pointy eye for personality. As travelers flock to Havana to wonder at a urban frozen in time, he exhibits that regardless of reforms and overseas reconciliation the Castro regime continues to be a corrupt, dictatorial relic. CLOSE yet NO CIGAR is half mystery, half comedy and half morality story, yet so much of all a real tale that takes the reader right into a darkish aspect of a sunny position that is still an enigma.
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Close But No Cigar: A True Story of Prison Life in Castro's Cuba by Stephen Purvis