11 books set in Cuba

Enjoy the mystique of Cuba

Cuba is a fascinating place: an island of 11 million people, with a culture and customs drawn from such diverse sources as Spanish colonialism, African slaves, the United States and its aboriginal people. Its history is one of upheaval, from the days of the Spanish conquistadors to the Cuban Revolution in the 50's, to the Cold War, in which it became an unexpected lynchpin. It's unsurprising that such a dramatically fertile place has been the setting for many great novels. Here are just a few.

1. Adios, Hemingway

Leonardo Padura Fuentes

2. Dirty Havana Trilogy

Pedro Juan Gutierrez

4. Cuba: My Revolution

Inverna Lockpez
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6. Field Grey

Philip Kerr
Cuba Libre cover

7. Cuba Libre

Elmore Leonard
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9. Our Man in Havana

Graham Greene
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10. Before Night Falls

Reinaldo Arenas
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11. The Old Man and the Sea

Ernest Hemingway

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Danny Scott
Danny Scott

Danny Scott is Scottish Book Trust's Digital Marketing Manager