Revista chilena de literatura
versión On-line ISSN 0718-2295
FRANKEN K, Clemens A. LEONARDO PADURA FUENTES Y SU DETECTIVE NOSTÁLGICO. Rev. chil. lit. [online]. 2009, n.74, pp. 29-56. ISSN 0718-2295. http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-22952009000100002.
This article places the detective novels by the well known Cuban author Leonardo Padura Fuentes within the general tradition of detective fiction, as well as within the Cuban tradition. The psychological, social and ideological profile of the novels' main investigator and protagonist, Mario Conde, are analyzed together with his method of investigation, his relationship with friends, workmates, women and his strong social and cultural criticism. Besides, a special emphasis is placed on the forms of assimilation (polemical of the Cuban detective genre and parodical both of the classic mystery detective genre and the hard-boiled detective fiction) in his hybrid detective novels increasingly moving into a more postmodern detective literature.
Palabras clave : Leonardo Padura Fuentes; Cuban detective fiction; hybrid detective fiction; forms of assimilation in detective fiction; Cuban cultural criticism.