Books About Cuba

I love to read books set in the country I’m planning to visit as well delving into various travel guides about the region.

Below is an evolving list of books set in Cuba or written by Cuban authors. The links will take you to reviews on my book blog, Brona’s Books.


Novels and Short Stories about Cuba

Our Man in Havana (1958) by Graham Greene

Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba and Then Lost It to the Revolution (2009) by T J English

Novels and Short Stories by Cuban Writers

A Corner of the World (2014) by Mylene Fernández Pintado

Cuba and the Night (1995) by Pico Iyer

Everyone Leaves (2012) by Wendy Guerra

The Man Who Loved Dogs: A Novel (2008) by Leonardo Padura

Adios, Hemingway (2005) by Leonardo Padura

Havana Is a Really Big City: and Other Short Stories (2010) by Mirta Yanez

Disconnect by Nancy Alonso

Cubana: Contemporary Fiction by Cuban Women (1998) by Ruth Behar

Vital Signs (2014) by Pedro de Jesús

Cubanisimo!: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Cuban Literature (2003) by Cristina Garcia

Dreaming in Cuban (1993) by Cristina Garcia

Non-Fiction books & Memoirs about Cuba

Travelers’ Tales Cuba: True Stories (2004) by Tom Miller

Travelers’ Tales of Old Cuba (2010) by John Jenkins

The Reader’s Companion to Cuba (1997) by Alan Ryan

Cuba: A New History (2004) by Richard Gott

Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba: The Biography of a Cause (2009) by Tom Gjelten

The Mafia in Havana: A Caribbean Mob Story (2010) by Enrique Cirules

Cuba Confidential: Love and Vengeance in Miami and Havana (2002) by Ann Louise Bardach

Without Fidel: A Death Foretold in Miami, Havana and Washington (2008) by Ann Louise Bardach

Cuba: A Traveler’s Literary Companion (2002) by Ann Louise Bardach & Katharine Silver

Cuba: A History (2010) by Hugh Thomas

My Seductive Cuba (2011) by Chen Lizra

The Other Side of Paradise: Life in the New Cuba (2014) by Julia Cooke

Enduring Cuba (2202) by Zoe Bran

Slow Train to Guantanamo: A Rail Odyssey Through Cuba in the Last Days of the Castros (2013) by Peter Millar

Cuba Diaries (2002) by Isadora Tattlin

Cuban Revelations: Behind the Scenes in Havana (2015) by Marc French

The Handsomest Man in Cuba: An Escapade (2003) by Lynette Chiang

Inside Cuba: The History, Culture and Politics of an Outlaw Nation (2003) by John Miller & Aaron Kenedi

Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know (3rd edition – 2016) by Julia E Sweig

Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy (2004) by Carlos Eire

The History of Havana (2006) by Dick Cluster

Ay, Cuba! A Socio-Erotic Journey (1999) by Andrei Codrescu

Havana: A Subtropical Delirium (2017) by Mark Kurlansky

Travel Guides for Cuba

The Rough Guide to Cuba (2016) by Fiona McAuslan and Matt Norman

Cuba Lonely Planet (2015) by Brendan Sainsbury & Luke Waterson

Cuba (2015) DK Eyewitness

Havana (2014) Wallpaper City Guide

Cuba (2014) Insight Guide

Cuba Handbook (2010) Footprint

Cuban Bloggers

Generacion Y – Yoani Sanchez

Viva La Fiona: My Cuban Diary – An Australian in Cuba

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