El precio del paraíso

“En el puerto de La Habana desembarca una mañana de principios de los años 50 un joven asturiano, Patricio, sin otro patrimonio que sus ganas de comerse el mundo y sin otro afán que dejar atrás una aldea aún envuelta en las sombras de una posguerra interminable. 
A su encuentro sale una ciudad luminosa y hospitalaria en la que pronto hace amigos y donde enseguida encuentra trabajo en El Encanto, los grandes almacenes que son un símbolo y el orgullo la ciudad. Patricio empieza a ascender y a ocupar puestos de más responsabilidad que le abren un mundo nuevo, pero que también atraen hacia él muchas envidias. 
El Encanto será también el lugar que propicie su encuentro con Gloria, una de las mujeres más hermosas y, sin duda, la más prohibida de toda la isla, ya que su marido es un gánster implacable de los bajos fondos habaneros”.

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In a city as corrupt as it was luxurious, those who dared to dream were bound to pay the price.

“Havana, Cuba, 1947. Young Patricio flees impoverished Spain and steps into the sultry island paradise of Havana with only the clothes on his back and half-baked dreams of a better life. Blessed with good looks and natural charm, he lands a job as a runner at El Encanto—one of the most luxurious department stores in the world.

Famous for its exquisite offerings from French haute couture to Arabian silks, El Encanto indulges the senses in opulent extravagance. It caters to visiting Hollywood stars, rising politicos, and prerevolutionary Cuba’s wealthiest power players, including the notorious mobster César Valdés.

Falling in love with the mobster’s young wife, Gloria, is suicide. But Patricio is irresistibly drawn to the beautiful girl with sad eyes, a razor-sharp intellect, and a penchant for both Christian Dior’s clothes and Einstein’s theories. Within the walls of El Encanto, anything seems possible, even a love that promises to heal them and a desire that thrums with the mambo beat of the city itself.

In a reckless love affair that spans half a century, Patricio’s and Gloria’s lives entwine time and again, challenged by every twist of fate—for in a world of murder, betrayal, and revolution, those who dare to reach for paradise seldom survive unscathed.”

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