Cuba: A Traveler's Literary Companion

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Travel to Cuba in the company of its finest writers and gain an understanding of its remarkable mystique. The twenty-one stories in this volume -- some of which appear in English for the first time -- will take you on an odyssey through the country's rich past to its dynamic present, where it is poised at the brink of immense change. Arranged by the areas of Cuba they illuminate, these stories offer up a rich literary banquet.
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Overview

Travel to Cuba in the company of its finest writers and gain an understanding of its remarkable mystique. The twenty-one stories in this volume -- some of which appear in English for the first time -- will take you on an odyssey through the country's rich past to its dynamic present, where it is poised at the brink of immense change. Arranged by the areas of Cuba they illuminate, these stories offer up a rich literary banquet.
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The eighth in this engaging international series offers 22 short stories and excerpts from longer works, several previously unavailable in English. There are perhaps too many of the latter (novels by Jose Lezama Lima and Reinaldo Arenas seem particularly un-excerptable), though it's good to be pointed toward excellent recent books by Ernesto Mestre, Abilio Estevez, and Pedro Juan Gutierrez. The stories are generally superior-notably Lino Novas Calvo's thriller-like "The Dark Night of Ramon Yendia," Ana Menendez's plaintive "Her Mother's House," and the ultimate assimilation story: "We Came All the Way from Cuba So You Could Dress Like This?," by Achy Obejas (a witty, serious farce that's every bit as good as its title). On balance, a worthy addition to a splendid series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883513115
  • Publisher: Whereabouts Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Series: Traveler's Literary Companions
  • Edition description: Translatio
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 583,334
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Map vi
Preface xi
Havana
Havanasis 1
Strawberry and Chocolate 3
Paradiso 15
In the Cold of the Malecon 24
Life on the Rooftops 28
My Aunt Leocadia, Love, and the Lower Paleolithic 35
Internal Monologue on a Corner in Havana 51
My Heroic Birth 56
The Dark Night of Ramon Yendia 61
Mascaras 96
Thine Is the Kingdom 106
The Messenger 117
Playas Del Este
Ocean Blue 126
Matanzas Province
The Girl Typist Who Worked for a Provincial Ministry of Culture 133
Zapata 137
Her Mother's House 142
El Campo
Don Cayetano, the Unreliable 165
Trinidad
Not the Truth, Not a Lie 176
Holguin
Old Rosa 183
Guantanamo
The Lazarus Rumba 191
Life, Exile, and Death
The Prophet 205
We Came All the Way from Cuba So You Could Dress Like This? 209
Contributors 225
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