The Tragedy of Fidel Castro
2012 ForeWord Book of The Year Bronze Finalist in Translations
When God receives a request from Fátima to help prevent a war between Fidel Castro and JFK, he asks his son, Jesus, to return to Earth and diffuse the conflict.
On his island, Fidel Castro faces protests on the streets and realizes that he is about to be overthrown. Alone, surrounded, and aware that the end is fast approaching, he plays his last card.
Meanwhile, Christ arrives on Earth and teams up with Fátima, who is convinced she can create a miracle to avoid the final battle between JFK and Fidel Castro and save the world as we know it.
At the end, something really extraordinary happens!
Humorous, rich with metaphor, and refreshingly imaginative, The Tragedy of Fidel Castro was chosen as the book-of-the-month and book-of-the-year by Os Meus Livros magazine.
''Novels like The Tragedy of Fidel Castro are the untamed mustangs of fiction that, unlike most other books, run wild and free, contemptuous of the confinement that the corral of ordinary classification would imprison them in.''
- Mike Gray, The American Culture
''João Cerqueira’s novel is an energetic, bizarre, and extremely clever take on two heavily fictionalized leaders’.''
- Aaron Simon, Bullet Reviews
"The Tragedy of Fidel Castro is a phantasmagoric odyssey through a highly imaginative prose universe of discovery and inquest. It's a magic realism hybrid of sacrificial lambs and Revolution, capitalistic decadence, and celestial consequence. I expect that this rich and unique narrative voice will illuminate a phosphorescent trajectory in the future annals of the New Millennial World Lit!"
- Mark Spitzer - Toad Suck Review Editor, Professor of Writing at the University of Central Arkansas
"Brilliant satire, playfully serious [...] do not waste even a single paragraph"
- Rita Bonet, Os Meus Livros
"The author brilliantly balances the formal tone and themes of capitalism, socialism and religion with an appropriate dose of the ridiculous. [...] The feeling I got with each page was one that I compare to the first time I read The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan. I might not get it completely at first but it all ties together by the end and there's a feeling of having expanded my world view a bit on every page. [...] If you're a fan of satire, history, or generally good literature, I highly recommend this novel.
- Rabid Readers Review
"Cerqueira's writing is elegant and challenging; light and titillating. [...] The Tragedy of Fidel Castro is a delightful book. I highly recommend it."
- Melissa Brown Levine