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CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR

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For over a decade Stephen Purvis had been a pillar of Havana’s expat community, one of many foreign businessmen investing in Cuba’s crawl from Cold War communism towards modernity. One morning during the height of President Raśl Castro’s purges in 2012, while his family slept the unmarked Ladas of State Security arrived at his home and he was taken away into the absurd and brutal world of Cuban justice.

In this engrossing memoir, Purvis recounts his fifteen-month ordeal. Accused at first of selling state secrets, he is taken to the notorious interrogation centre Villa Marista, where he endures brutal conditions designed by the KGB and Stasi to break the bodies and minds of spies and political prisoners. Later, held in a maximum-security prison, he finds himself surrounded by a motley crew of convicts.

From his arrest to his farcical secret trial and sudden release, Purvis exposes the madness of modern Cuba with wit, grit and a sharp eye for character.

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For over a decade Stephen Purvis had been a pillar of Havana’s expat community, one of many foreign businessmen investing in Cuba’s crawl from Cold War communism towards modernity. One morning during the height of President Raśl Castro’s purges in 2012, while his family slept the unmarked Ladas of State Security arrived at his home and he was taken away into the absurd and brutal world of Cuban justice.

In this engrossing memoir, Purvis recounts his fifteen-month ordeal. Accused at first of selling state secrets, he is taken to the notorious interrogation centre Villa Marista, where he endures brutal conditions designed by the KGB and Stasi to break the bodies and minds of spies and political prisoners. Later, held in a maximum-security prison, he finds himself surrounded by a motley crew of convicts.

From his arrest to his farcical secret trial and sudden release, Purvis exposes the madness of modern Cuba with wit, grit and a sharp eye for character.

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