It is something Mr. Padura thinks about a lot.
“Every time I finish a novel, I think about the fact that it can’t be published in my own country,” he said.
But his works do get published. In fact, the last one, “The Man who loved Dogs,” sold more than 100,000 copies worldwide. It is the story of the murderer of Leon Trotsky, the Russian revolutionary who spent his last years in Cuba before he was murdered in Mexico. The book is a criticism of Stalinism. Mr. Padura often writes about individual freedom.