Friday 56 & #BookBeginnings: The Tragedy of Fidel Castro

The Tragedy of Fidel Castro by João Cerqueira Paperback | Kindle Edition

After the second ring, God answered the phone and heard a woman's anxious voice. "Master, it's me. The war's about to begin,"

"Oh, for God's sake!" exclaimed God in exasperation. 

Fátima, expecting to hear a philosophical tirade or, at the very least, some potent theological parable, retorted ironically, "Well, that's the world for you!"
- beginning (Prologue)

For Friday 56:
His body was fused to the chair under its own weight, inviting him to resigned inaction. And so he fell inert, slipping into a torpor of the kind the python experiences as it digests its meal.
- p. 56

Ok, if you have God screaming "For God's sake!" as an opening line, you're probably not going to get a a straightlaced book, right? :) I recommend this book highly if you're a Jose Saramago fan ... it doesn't disappoint!

Technically the Literary Blog Hop Giveaway should end on June 26 but I had the giveaway slated to end in two days so you all have a chance!

Giveaway Time!

João Cerqueira is giving away
2 Kindle Edition e-books of 
The Tragedy of Fidel Castro
(Open International)
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Synopsis: 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. 


"Joao Cerqueira's 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 -- in a dimension where the cogs of time got jammed." - Mark Spitzer, Toad Suck Review Editor, Professor of Writing at the University of Central Arkansas

"A smart, energetic and funny piece of writing." 
- Bethany Gibson, Fiction Editor of Goose Lane Editions 

"Brilliant satire, playfully serious [...] does not waste even a single paragraph"
- Rita Bonet, Os Meus Livros


  1. Sounds like an interesting and fun read!

    1. I was so intimidated when i started! i didn't quite know what to make of that beginning. i think you may enjoy this one Freda

  2. Interesting premise...sounds like a fresh take on historical fiction.

    Here's my Friday meme:

  3. I love the cover, but don't know about the story . . .

    Thanks for playing along with Book Beginnings on Fridays!

    Rose City Reader


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