A Simple Habana Melody (From When the World Was Good) [Havana]

By: Hijuelos, Oscar

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First edition, advance promotional copy. Signed by author without inscription on half-title page. Top page ridge faintly foxed. 2002 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 342 pp. 8vo.It is 1947 and Israel Levis, a Cuban composer whose life had once been a dream of music, love and sadness, is returning to Habana, Cuba, from Spain, where he has just recovered from the physical and spiritual malaise resulting from his experiences in Paris, then Buchenwald, during the Nazi occupation of France. (A devout Catholic, Levis had been mistakenly identified as a Jew because of his name.) When Levis arrives back in Habana, after an absence of many years, his mind is reeling with beautiful memories of his life in Cuba and in Paris before the war, a life of pleasure and excitement that he owes, in part, to an unrequited, nearly chivalrous romance with a certain Rita Valladares, a singer for whom Levis had written his most famous song, Rosas Puras, or Pretty Roses. This 1928 composition becomes the most famous rumba in the world and changes both American and European tastes in music and dance -- forever; and it is the song, symbolic of the composer's love for Rita Valladares, that sets Levis's life in Europe in motion. This is at once a love story -- for art, family and country -- as well as a portrait of Habana at the turn of the last century, when the world was good.A Simple Habana Melodyis a virtuoso performance from one of our most important writers.

Title: A Simple Habana Melody (From When the World Was Good) [Havana]

Author: Hijuelos, Oscar

Categories: Signed, Latin American, Review Copies,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, Harper Collins: 2002

ISBN Number: 0060175699

ISBN Number 13: 9780060175696

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Inscription: Signed by author

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