Writer Jo?úo Cerqueira of Portugal has always had an interest in the strange 1917 occurrence that happened in Fatima, when the Virgin Mary appeared to three Portuguese shepherd children, sharing several prophecies, including one that Communism would end. Having also spent considerable time in Cuba and hearing stories of those who experienced Fidel Castro's regime firsthand, Jo?úo creatively combined the relationship between Castro and the Miracle at Fatima in his newest and refreshingly imaginative novel, The Tragedy of Fidel Castro.
"I wanted to create something truly original, involving contemporary problems, politics, and the existence of God using facts, humor, and irony," says Jo?úo. "I hope to not only entertain, but to also have my readers reflect on the important issues in today's world ÔÇô capitalism versus socialism ÔÇô as well as the meaning of life."
Humorous and teeming with metaphors, The Tragedy of Fidel Castro begins as God receives a request from Fatima to help prevent a war between Fidel Castro and JFK which leads him to ask his reluctant son Jesus to return to Earth a second time to diffuse the conflict.
Meanwhile, in Cuba, Castro faces protests on the streets and realizes he is about to be overthrown. All alone, surrounded by enemies and more than aware the end is fast approaching, he plays his final card: a pact with the Devil where he sells his soul in exchange for being remembered no longer as a dictator, but as a hero who fought for a better world.
By this time, Christ arrives on Earth and teams up with Fatima, who is convinced she can create a miracle to avoid the ultimate battle between JFK and Castro and save the world as we know it.
From its captivating beginning to its final extraordinary conclusion, The Tragedy of Fidel Castro is a must-read for lovers of historical and literary fiction as it blends politics, religion and humor to take on today's issues. The book critic Rita Bonet from the Os Meus Livros Magazine - which considered the novel book of the year in 2009 - wrote that ''it looks like a Monty Python script''.
"The second coming of Jesus and his dialogues with God leads to reflections on the existence of religion and human nature and Castro's invasion shows the clash between Socialism and reality," adds Jo?úo. "Although at the end the miracles are satirized, I would have to say that Christ certainly achieves better results than he did last time."
The Tragedy of Fidel Castro won the USA Best Book Awards 2013,Multicultural Fiction category, and was finalist in Literary and Historical Fiction.