Havana Requiem by Paul Goldstein

Havana RequiemI chose this book because it had won the Harper Lee Prize for legal fiction. This does show a lawyer sacrificing a great deal, fighting political and financial forces, as he struggles to assist clients to get back rights to their authentic Cuban music. This is, a character says, “music that makes people dream.” You might enjoy the book for its colorful street scenes in a more-or-less contemporary Cuba, and a sense of the musicians’ love of “la cultura.” So I wanted to like the book, but I found the intricacies of copyright law and the legal complications excessively detailed and too confusing.

Reviewed by sarav

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