José Ramón Torres
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 program 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, porter and street seller.
His first novel, of around 63,000 words, written in Spanish and entitled Olas (Waves), draws a parallel between three major Cuban migration episodes and, to some extent, describes the political wrangling between Fidel Castro and various US administrations. But above all it narrates the misadventures of three members of a Cuban family who decide to emigrate to the US after individually seeing for themselves that they cannot lead a satisfactory life on the island.
Before writing this first work of fiction, he had only published academic articles, mostly on phonetics and language teaching.
He is now embarked on the writing of a second novel: a trip in the opposite direction of Olas, from the First to the Third World, as he follows its male protagonist from a privileged childhood in Hong Kong to boarding school in the North of England, Cambridge University, The City of London and Cuba.
More about him on his website (http://www.joseramontorres.com) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/jrtorresaguila).
by José Ramón Torres
“The only thing to be done with this country is leave it, once and for all.”
Ángel never would 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.
A book about Cuba which doesn’t side with left or right, but with ordinary people, suffocated by circumstances. A tribute to migrants.
by José Ramón Torres
"De este país lo que hay que hacer es irse de una vez."
Ángel nunca se habría imaginado en una situación así: hambriento, extenuado y con la duda de si sobrevivirá un día más. Pero el futuro de su familia no tiene precio.
Un libro sobre Cuba que no toma partido con izquierdas/derechas, sino con gente de a pie, sofocada por las circunstancias. Un homenaje al emigrante, sus esperanzas y sacrificios