- By Pedro Juan Gutiérrez

The Insatiable Spiderman

  • Title: The Insatiable Spiderman
  • Author: Pedro Juan Gutiérrez
  • ISBN: 9780786716654
  • Page: 299
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Insatiable Spiderman Pedro Juan Gutierrez exploded onto the literary landscape three years ago with his bestselling novel Dirty Havana Trilogy Hugely acclaimed for its honest depiction of a Cuban capital characterized by

    Pedro Juan Gutierrez exploded onto the literary landscape three years ago with his bestselling novel, Dirty Havana Trilogy Hugely acclaimed for its honest depiction of a Cuban capital characterized by sleaze, sex, poverty and hedonism, in The Insatiable Spiderman we see the return of its anti hero, who is again prowling the streets of Havana Pedro Juan s relationship witPedro Juan Gutierrez exploded onto the literary landscape three years ago with his bestselling novel, Dirty Havana Trilogy Hugely acclaimed for its honest depiction of a Cuban capital characterized by sleaze, sex, poverty and hedonism, in The Insatiable Spiderman we see the return of its anti hero, who is again prowling the streets of Havana Pedro Juan s relationship with his wife, Julia, is in terminal decline, and the trappings of domestic bliss hold no charms for this most restless and predatory of men Our narrator s interests lie elsewhere in the infinite possibilities of a chaotic Caribbean city and the chancers, artists and prostitutes who roam the streets In his inimitably uncompromising and exhilarating style, Pedro Juan Gutierrez again takes the reader on a journey into the underbelly of contemporary Havana a world of easy sex, hard drinking and humorous anecdote that will be all too recognizable to the Gutierrez connoisseur.

    1 thought on “The Insatiable Spiderman

    1. This book is an amalgam of Catcher in the Rye by Salinger, The Stranger by Albert Camus and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.

    2. Vulgar. Poverty, alcohol and sex, lots of polygamous and public sex. Not a pleasant read in terms of writing style or content, but it's interesting. Although not a very positive book, gives insights in the Cuban situation around the year 2000 and Cuban culture. I was there last year and enjoyed the country very much. After reading this book quite a few of my observations fall into place (now that I've read about the culture from a Cuban perspective).

    3. This is a collection of almost diary like stories, it’s kind of vulgar and crass. Everybody is poor and miserable, they drink and they have sexd that’s about it but I didn’t hate it.

    4. Comparado por muitos a Henry Miller ou a Charles Bukowski, Pedro Juan Gutiérrez tornou-se, com os aclamados “Trilogia Suja de Havana”, o “Rei de Havana” e Animal Tropical” um cronista da crua realidade cubana e também um autor de culto para muitos leitores que se revêm na forma apaixonada como ele descreve o quotidiano de um povo martirizado por 40 anos de ditadura.Neste “O Insaciável Homem-Aranha”, um conjunto de contos onde Pedro Juan intrelaça ficção e realidade, surge-no [...]

    5. While the world was celebrating the new Millennium, Cuba was still emerging from the terrible years of hunger and deprivation that characterised the 1990s. For those who did not have access to US dollars (or relatives abroad) there was little to enjoy except music, cheap rum and sex. This Rabelasian collection of short stories, written up virtually as diary entries in one of several, similar books is a fairground of the senses, not least Latin machismo, in all its priapic glory and ultimately tr [...]

    6. « . Moi, ma vocation, c’est de descendre dans les égouts, d’attraper des rats et de les ouvrir avec un rasoir pour voir ce qu’ils ont dans le ventre. J’éteins la télé, je reste calme, je ferme les yeux et me détends. J’ai faim. »Dans la lignée de 'la sale trilogie havanaise' ,lue juste avant, ce recueil de nouvelles nous plonge encore dans le cœur de la vie cubaine a la fin des années 90; entre misère,rhum,sexe et luttes quotidiennes pour survivre ,la paix ne se trouve que [...]

    7. During 2016 on my trip to La Habana, Cuba I had the chance to purchase this gem. I had read "Nada que hacer" when i was 16 and always enjoyed the descriptive way the author, Pedro Juan, spoke about mundane and crude things that happened in Cuba during the crisis in the 80's. This book describes anecdotes from a Cuba that very few know. It does not leave out any nasty secrets nor political opinions. Ironically his books are banned from official stores in Cuba, even though Pedro Juan was a venerat [...]

    8. I really thought that "Dirty Havana Trilogy" was an amazing intense, brutal, honest book, reminded me of Henry Miller's "Tropic of Cancer" and looked forward to more works from Gutierrez. The Insatiable Spiderman is not on the same level as Dirty Havana Trilogy. It was not a bad book, it was just ok.

    9. This book, which basically serves as postscipt to his 'Dirty Havana Trilogy' - is equally immense. Its evocation of time and place - Central Havana, late 90s - is stunning. You drink and lounge and scrounge and fuck with the guy. It's filthy dirty and fantastically politically incorrect.

    10. Gracioso, visceral y muy real es cómo podría definirlo. Que nos hace ser estos humanos aún tan primitivos y llenos de deseos.Tomando la vida como una hoja que gira el viento lento o rápido, con un vértigo endemoniado o en el más sutil y calmo de los horizontes.

    11. This was the first book I read of Pedro Juan Gutierrez. Excellent book. It made me buy Dirty Havana Trilogy and Tropical Animal.

    12. If you liked his "Dirty Havana Trilogy" and/or his "Tropical Animal", then you will enjoy this. Continues the exploits of Cuba's answer to Miller and Bukowski.

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