The day after the proclamation of Equatorial Guinea’s independence, someone finds a dead body near the black neighborhood of Santa Isabel on the island of Fernando Pó. The cadaver is Pablo Montesinos, one of the most important men in the city’s Spanish community. It seems to be a natural death, but a functionary appointed to the Civil Guard who is responsible for taking care of the related red tape, begins to notice some irregularities... This is the starting point of Santa Isabel Casino, which recreates the last few months of Spanish presence in this land and the disaster that was the decolonization process. This is a story that involves irresponsible political decisions, economic interests in raw materials such as petroleum and peanuts, racial and sexual discrimination...but also rootlessness, exile, thwarted loves and a lost paradise.
A suspense novel about the decolonization of Equatorial Guinea.