Bridges to Cuba/Puentes a Cuba

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Through personal essays and poetry, short fiction and painting, book reviews, interviews, performance pieces, and hybrid creations of text and image, Bridges to Cuba/Puentes a Cuba opens a window onto the meaning of nationality, transnationalism, and homeland in our time. For more than thirty-five years U.S.-Cuban relations have been couched in terms of the Cold War, often pitting Cubans in the diaspora against Cubans who remain in their homeland. Bridges to Cuba/Puentes a Cuba celebrates the informal networks ...
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Through personal essays and poetry, short fiction and painting, book reviews, interviews, performance pieces, and hybrid creations of text and image, Bridges to Cuba/Puentes a Cuba opens a window onto the meaning of nationality, transnationalism, and homeland in our time. For more than thirty-five years U.S.-Cuban relations have been couched in terms of the Cold War, often pitting Cubans in the diaspora against Cubans who remain in their homeland. Bridges to Cuba/Puentes a Cuba celebrates the informal networks that Cubans in both countries have maintained through artistic, academic, family, and other ties.

The book brings together for the first time in English Cuban voices of the second generation, both on the island and in the diaspora. The multivocal and multigenre collection includes both scholarly and creative writing and an impressive range of visual art. The participants are earnest, angry, witty, and hopeful. They are sometimes visionaries, but they are not deluded about Cuban or North American realities. Their voices offer testimony to the continuing efforts of Cubans and Cuban-Americans to look beyond the animosities and failings of their respective societies and find possibilities for personal and international reconciliation, dialogue, and renewal.

"Ruth Behar, as editor of Bridges to Cuba/Puentes a Cuba, leaps across conventional intellectual boundaries in an effort to show the complexity of nationhood, exile, and revolution in the Cuban experience of the last thirty years. An important book about the possibility and impossibility of building cultural and political bridges."--Arcadio Díaz-Quiñones, Princeton University

"Behar narrows the straits of Florida with a richly textured dialogue of voices in and out of Cuba. Bridges to Cuba is sure to make history."--Liz Balmaseda, Miami Herald

"A vital and interesting anthology about contemporary Cuba."--Oscar Hijuelos, author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

"Bridges to Cuba is the first U.S. anthology that looks at Cuban creativity from an integrated perspective, refusing to kneel before the painful and often arbitrary divisions that have split the voices of this passionate culture into forever separate bands. The results are magnificent. Read this book and get a long overdue understanding of contemporary Cuban literature and art."--Margaret Randall, author of Women in Cuba: Twenty Years Later

"In order for memory to be recovered, there must be a community that remembers and tells the story. . . . Bridges to Cuba displays a wealth of insights that leave the reader with a sense of having experienced first hand the intricate web of thought and feeling that is Cuban life."--Latino Review of Books

"Ruth Behar's anthology represents one of the most important and moving bridges yet published on contemporary Cuba and its condition as the island that is still absent from the Western world. Bridges to Cuba is an extraordinary example of the faith and ability of Latin American intellectuals to cross true bridges, bridges of solidarity."--Marjorie Agosín, Wellesley College

Ruth Behar is author of Translated Woman: Crossing the Border with Esperanza's Story and coeditor, with Deborah Gordon, of Women Writing Culture. She has been the recipient of awards from the MacArthur and Guggenheim foundations.

"Groundbreaking anthology of artwork, drama, fiction, interviews, and poetry by authors both within and outside Cuba. Wide, provocative range of perspectives. Highlights include Ruth Behar's introductory and closing essays, interviews with Nancy Morejâon, and essays by Marâia de los Angeles Torres and Alan West. Majority of translations by David Frye"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780472066117
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/1996
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
For Ana Veldford 21
Prayer to Lourdes 23
Beyond the Rupture: Reconciling with Our Enemies, Reconciling with Ourselves 24
Miembros Fantasmas / Ghost Limbs 44
Political and Cultural Cross-Dressing: Negotiating a Second Generation Cuban-American Identity 57
Silhouette 72
A House on Shifting Sands 76
From El Libro Regalado 80
Finding What Had Been Lost in Plain View 85
Nothing Lost Will Come Back with the Rain 96
Repairing Things 98
"... And There Is Only My Imagination Where Our History Should Be": An Interview with Cristina Garcia 102
Bridges of the Heart 115
Ana Mendieta; Before a Mirror; A Chronicle That Swoons before the Immigrant Tree 122
Two Conversations with Nancy Morejon 129
Verrazano-Narrows Bridge 140
Fragments from Cuban Narratives 142
The Circle of Connections: One Hundred Years of Cuba-U.S. Relations 161
Epistle to Jose Luis Ferrer From Havana to Miami 180
From My Name A Family Anti-Elegy 184
Cubans Inside and Outside: Dialogue among the Deaf 189
Dangers of Speaking and Staying Quiet. Language of Silence 197
El Diario de Miranda / Miranda's Diary 198
Third Options: Beyond the Border 217
My Key 225
Grandmother's Night 226
Soil; After Papa 229
Contradictions, Pluralism, and Dialogue: An Interview with Rene Vasquez Diaz 232
God Doesn't Help Us 241
Strange Planet 244
As If in a Game 252
Performative Identities: Scenes between Two Cubas 253
Radishes 267
A Connecticut Yankee in Cuban Miami: Reflections on the Meaning of Underdevelopment and Cultural Change 281
Landscapes of the Mind 292
Sunday 293
Elisa, or The Price of Dreams 295
Poem for the Woman Who Talks to Herself in the Park 300
The Wall 302
Recent Cuban Art: A Portfolio 302
Between Nightfall and Vengeance: Remembering Reinaldo Arenas 305
Lunch 314
Vigia: The Endless Publications of Matanzas 316
Three Mambos and a Son Montuno 323
From Going Under: A Cuban-American Fable 327
"Fronterislena," Border Islander 339
Cubans and Airports 345
Knots in the Handkerchief 347
In the Way of Fortune 348
Sea's Path 349
Pilgrims of the Dawn 350
Carnaval 352
Pilgrimage to France: The Cuban Painters 367
Moving 374
My Life with Fidel Castro: A Soap Opera without Transmitter 376
The Islands; Letter to a Woman Friend 389
El Fuego 391
Queer Times in Cuba 394
Two Figures on a Bridge 416
Authors 417
Artists 421
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