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Pig's Foot: A Novel (Hardback)
  • Pig's Foot: A Novel (Hardback)

Pig's Foot: A Novel (Hardback)

Hardback Published: 30/10/2013
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Oscar Mandinga, great-grandchild of the founders of a small hamlet of wooden shacks and red earth deep in the Cuban hinterland, is a sardonic teller of tales - some taller than others - of slavery, revolution, family secrets, love and identity, spanning four generations. One day Oscar Mandinga wakes to find himself utterly alone in the world. As the sole descendant of his family line he is not sure what to do or where he should go, but in the midst of this uncertainty, he holds fast to what his grandfather always told him: 'No man knows who he is until he knows his past, the history of his country.' As Oscar sets out to find his ancestral village of Pata de Puerco and the meaning of the magical pig's-foot amulet he has inherited, the search for his country's hidden history becomes entangled with his search for the truth about himself. Ambitious in scope, yet intimate in tone, rippling with vitality and driven by passion, full of dark comedy, magical history and startling revelations, Pig's Foot is a dazzling evocation of Cuba's tumultuous history. It is a spellbinding accomplishment.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
ISBN: 9781408833704

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“Brilliant debut!”

I was very lucky to get a early proof edition to review. This book was a fascinating read, delving into life in Cuba from the late 1800's from the perspective of ''Oscar Mandinga' in current day.... More

Hardback edition
8th July 2013
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“OK but not engaging enough for me”

This is a novel about Cuba: it deals with the story of the village of Pata de Puerco (Pig’s Foot – thus the title) and of a family of peasants over the 20th century.

It is interesting and informative and the... More

Hardback edition
13th August 2013
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This book is set in Cuba and tells the story of the history of Oscar Mandiga's family, from his perspective. It's very well written and you can really get a feel of Cuba and what it was like to live there at... More

Hardback edition
21st September 2013
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