My Uncle the Employee


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Mi tío el empleado (My Uncle the Employee) tells the story of Don Vicente Cuevas, who arrives in Cuba from Spain aboard a brig, with no more letter of introduction than a recommendation from the Marquis of Casa Vetusta. The novel is narrated by Vicente’s nephew; and denounces how the officials of the colony are corrupted and enriched. This story by Ramón Meza takes place in sordid offices, in the grotesque luxury of the upstarts and opportunists. José Martí said that his style is so precise that it looks like a sword blade to the scabbard.

(Description has been translated into English, Book edition is in Spanish)