A Simple Habana Melody

A Simple Habana Melody

A Novel

Book - 2003
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Returning to Habana after years in Nazi-occupied Europe where he was tormented by people who believed him to be Jewish, Cuban composer Israel Levis remembers his love for singer Rita Valladares, for whom he wrote a song that has become the most famous rumba in the world. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love. Reprint.

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It is 1947, and Israel Levis, a Cuban composer whose life had once been a dream of music, love, and sadness, returns to Cuba after being mistakenly imprisoned during the Nazi occupation of France.

When Levis arrives back in Habana, his mind returns to an unrequited romance with the alluring Rita Valladares, a singer for whom Levis had written his most famous song, "Rosas Puras." This 1928 composition became the most famous rumba in the world and changed American and European tastes in music and dance forever.

A love story—of art, family, and country—A Simple Habana Melody is a virtuoso performance from one of our most important writers.



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Returning to Havana after years in Europe where he was tormented by people who believed him to be Jewish, Cuban composer Israel Levis remembers his love for singer Rita Valladares, for whom he wrote the most famous rumba in the world.

Publisher: New York, NY : Perennial, 2003
Edition: 1st Perennial ed
ISBN: 9780060928698
0060928697
Branch Call Number: FIC HIJUELOS
Characteristics: 342 p. ;,21 cm

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