Cigar Roller
Pablo Medina

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Narrated By: Stefan Rudnicki

Duration: 5 hours and 17 minutes

What to expect

Amadeo Terra, former cigar-factory worker, is confined in a Florida hospital after a stroke has left him paralyzed. His body no longer works, but his mind is very much alive, as is his ruthless and audacious wit. His only human contact is with the callous nurse who constantly scolds him, the orderly who barely acknowledges him, and the nun who prays for Amadeo's salvation while he fantasizes about what's beneath her habit.

One day Nurse feeds him mango from a baby-food jar, a departure from the usual bland mush, and the taste of it on his tongue brings memories flooding back of his life in Havana. Once a master cigar roller in Cuba and an imperious patriarch of enormous appetites, Amadeo now confronts the long-buried facts of his previously unexamined life.

The Cigar Roller is a hypnotic portrayal of a man compelled to relive his worst failures in order to conjure his fairest memories.


Fiction: general and literary

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“In the end, you’ll be left wondering if your own reading impulses don’t share something in common with those that push Amadeo to the edge and his ultimate demise.”

South Florida Sun-Sentinal

“Medina crafts a complex, rewarding novel out of a static setting….[He] skates perfectly between Terra’s specificity and the universality of his plight, making Terra, his flaws and his struggles all the more compelling.”

Publishers Weekly

“Medina writes with exquisite detail…he keeps readers hanging until the last page…Recommended.”

Library Journal

“A searing, bitterly humorous analysis of a life.”