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Certain adventure seekers—like the protagonist of Pico Iyer’s Cuba and the Night—thrive on Havana’s atmosphere of boredom and unpredictable danger. American photojournalist Richard trusts no one (and takes pride in his cynicism), yet falls in love with Lourdes, a Cuban woman who may just be using him for an exit visa; Iyer renders their dubious romance in the classic hard-boiled style. The author reads at 7 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 364-1919. (Nathalie op de Beeck)