By Stephen Purvis
'In its tragic absurdity, Close yet No Cigar reads like a Graham Greene tale, with a solid of characters to make Hemingway proud ... [This] story will be learn by means of a person who desires to comprehend what lies past the shores and Bacardi [of Cuba]' DAILY TELEGRAPH
For over a decade Stephen Purvis have been a pillar of Havana's expat group, one of the overseas businessmen making an investment in Cuba's move slowly from chilly struggle communism in the direction of modernity. yet for purposes unknown to him he used to be additionally below kingdom Security's microscope. One morning throughout the top of President Raúl Castro's purges in 2012, whereas his relations slept the unmarked Ladas of nation defense arrived at his domestic and he was once taken away into the absurd and brutal global of Cuban justice.
In this engrossing memoir, Purvis recounts his fifteen-month ordeal. Accused before everything of marketing 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 via a motley team of convicts: people-smugglers and drug-runners including a handful of pressured businessmen additionally watching for formal charges.
From his arrest to his farcical mystery trial and unexpected unlock, Purvis exposes the insanity of contemporary Cuba with wit, grit and a pointy eye for personality. As travelers flock to Havana to surprise at a urban frozen in time, he exhibits that regardless of reforms and overseas reconciliation the Castro regime is still a corrupt, dictatorial relic. CLOSE yet NO CIGAR is half mystery, half comedy and half morality story, yet such a lot 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