Concierto para sordos
Concierto para sordos is an unconventional work that expands narrative space and point of view to unaccustomed limits. The novel is concerned with the metaphysics of action that strikingly begins when the narrator is garroted. Within an undefined black room, he watches himself making an anguished journey down a dead-end street, each step taking him into ever greater danger. The narrative evokes a dance of death against the backdrop of the monumental necropolis of Havana, the Cementerio de Colón, where much of the action takes place. In this environment a concert for the deaf is played out, a symphony that only the chosen can hear. The reader is taken from the indigenous and colonial past of Cuba through its Afro-Cuban components to a confrontation with contemporary history. The protagonist suffers a genuinely Cuban version of the Kafkian paradox; he is pursued by a monstrous and omnipresent creature that represents both the individual and the collective being, and only through the creative process can he attain freedom.