The latest addition to my website is Fernando Contreras Castro‘s Cierto azul (Blue Note). This novel is narrated by a cat, but don’t let that put you off. Freddie Freeloader (named after a track on Miles Davis‘ Kind of Blue) has a jazz sextet in a San José-like. He finds a blind boy, lost and alone and the sextet adopt him, training him to be more cat-like. However, like Miles Davis, he takes up the trumpet and soon becomes a virtuoso, finding his way as a human, albeit with cat influences. It mixes humour with seriousness, particularly in its devotion to jazz,which comes from the music of slaves and is seen as both a liberating force and a force for love.