Waves

José Ramón Torres
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“The only thing to be done with this country is leave it, once and for all.”

Ángel could never have pictured himself in a situation like this — hungry, tired, and unsure if he’ll live to see tomorrow. But no price is too high for his family’s future.

Waves plunges the reader into a world of dominoes, rum, cigars, sex, drugs, boleros and sharks, while weaving together three episodes of Cuban mass migration to the United States.

A book about Cuba which doesn’t side with left or right, but with ordinary people suffocated by circumstances.

A tribute to migrants, their hopes and sacrifices.

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About the author

José Ramón Torres was born and raised in Cuba, where he spent 32 years of his life. He completed his university studies in English Language and Literature at University of Havana and a PhD in Education (Language Teaching) at University of Barcelona. In Havana, Vancouver, Barcelona and Cambridge (where he is currently based with his wife and two children), he has worked as a language teacher, translator, interpreter, TV presenter, proofreader, localisation project and language manager, telephone operator, doorman and street seller.
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José Ramón Torres
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Published on
Dec 1, 2015
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Pages
88
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ISBN
9780992968458
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English
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Fiction / Hispanic & Latino
Fiction / Historical
Fiction / Political
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