Cuba and the Night

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Having captivated readers with such gems of travel writing as Video Night in Kathmandu, Pico Iyer now presents a novel whose central character is another place: the melancholy, ebullient, and dazzlingly inconsistent island that is Castro's Cuba. "On almost every page you can smell the dust, the cheap perfume and the rum of Havana today, or better still, tonight."--Los Angeles Times.

The setting is Havana. The story is a love story, one as odd and passionate as the ...

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Overview

Having captivated readers with such gems of travel writing as Video Night in Kathmandu, Pico Iyer now presents a novel whose central character is another place: the melancholy, ebullient, and dazzlingly inconsistent island that is Castro's Cuba. "On almost every page you can smell the dust, the cheap perfume and the rum of Havana today, or better still, tonight."--Los Angeles Times.

The setting is Havana. The story is a love story, one as odd and passionate as the place it's set in. Richard is an American photographer at an emotional dead end. Lourdes is a vivacious young Cuban riding on dreams. Amid a confusion of motives, they are drawn together.

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Editorial Reviews

David Haward Bain
Mr. Iyer is a gifted raconteur as well as a seasoned traveler, and reading "Cuba and the Night" is a satisfying journey to a memorable destination with an unforgettable companion. -- New York Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Set in contemporary Cuba, travel writer Iyer's fictional debut tells of an uneasy love affair between a cynical American photojournalist and a voluptuous young Cuban woman. (Apr.)
Library Journal
The title of this first novel by Time magazine essayist Iyer (Falling Off the Map, LJ 5/1/93) comes from a line of Jose Marti's "Two fatherlands I have, Cuba and the night." Indeed, Marti's aura haunts the entire work, from its epigraph to its final sentence when, as the narrator watches the woman he loves smile at another man with a smile unlike any "I could have gotten in my lens," she picks up a book that "looked to be Marti." This is a love story about both person and place. On the one hand, it traces the relationship that develops between an emotionally drained American freelance photographer and a young Cuban woman whose chief sustenance is her dreams. On the other, it is the story of Havana and the resilience of the Cuban people in the late Castro era. The Cuba pictured is a passionate albeit desperate place where sloganeering increases as economic conditions degenerate. As for Richard (the photographer), he learns that passion by itself is not enough, that life requires more than color. A worthy first effort; suitable for academic and public libraries, particularly those serving a Hispanic audience.-David W. Henderson, Eckerd Coll. Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679760757
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 826,989
  • Product dimensions: 5.19 (w) x 7.97 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Pico Iyer
Pico Iyer
Pico Iyer was born 1957 in Oxford, England. He was raised in England and California.

Iyer is the author of several books about cultures converging, including Video Night in Kathmandu, The Lady and the Monk, The Global Soul, and Abandon. His articles appear often in such magazines as Harper's, Time, and The New York Review of Books. He lives in suburban Japan.
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    1. Hometown:
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