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Set in Cuba in 1998, SACRIFICIO is a triumphant and mesmeric work of violence, loss and identity, following a group of young HIV-positive counterrevolutionaries who seek to overthrow the Castro government.

Cuba, 1998: Rafa, an Afro-Cuban orphan, moves to Havana with nothing to his name and falls into a job at a café. He is soon drawn into a web of ever-shifting entanglements with his boss’s son, the charismatic Renato, leader of the counterrevolutionary group “Los Injected Ones,” which is planning a violent overthrow of the Castro government during Pope John Paul II’s upcoming visit.

When Renato goes missing, Rafa’s search for his friend takes him through various haunts in Havana: from an AIDS sanatorium, to the guest rooms of tourist hotels, to the outskirts of the capital, where he enters a phantasmagorical slum cobbled together from the city’s detritus by Los Injected Ones.

A novel of cascading prose that captures a nation in slow collapse, SACRIFICIO is a visionary work, capturing the fury, passion, fatalism and grim humor of young lives lived at the margins of a society they desperately wish to change.

by Ernesto Mestre-Reed

  • Publication Date: August 15, 2023
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Press
  • ISBN-10: 164129485X
  • ISBN-13: 9781641294850