Cuba--Going Back / Edition 1

Cuba--Going Back / Edition 1

by Tony Mendoza
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0292752334

ISBN-13: 9780292752337

Pub. Date: 10/01/1999

Publisher: University of Texas Press

Imagine being unable to return to your homeland for thirty-six years. What would you do if you finally got a chance to go back?

In 1996, after travel restrictions between the United States and Cuba were relaxed, Cuban exile Tony Mendoza answered that question. Taking his cameras, notebooks, and an unquenchable curiosity, he returned for his first visit to Cuba

Overview

Imagine being unable to return to your homeland for thirty-six years. What would you do if you finally got a chance to go back?

In 1996, after travel restrictions between the United States and Cuba were relaxed, Cuban exile Tony Mendoza answered that question. Taking his cameras, notebooks, and an unquenchable curiosity, he returned for his first visit to Cuba since summer of 1960, when he emigrated with his family at age eighteen. In this book he presents over eighty evocative photographs accompanied by a beautifully written text that mingles the voices of many Cubans with his own to offer a compelling portrait of a resilient people awaiting the inevitable passing of the socialist system that has failed them.

His photographs and interviews bear striking witness to the hardships and inequalities that exist in this workers' "paradise," where the daily struggle to make ends meet on an average income of eight dollars a month has created a longing for change even in formerly ardent revolutionaries. At the same time, Cuba—Going Back is an eloquent record of a personal journey back in time and memory that will resonate with viewers and readers both within and beyond the Cuban American community. It belongs on the shelves of anyone who values excellent photography and well-crafted prose.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292752337
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
10/01/1999
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
155
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
Acknowledgmentsxv
Introductionxvii
Section IThe Interior Exile ("insilio")1
Testimonio de un artista3
Oh, La Habana4
Manena's Cuban American Recipes13
Life in Exile13
The "Sandwich" Generation20
The Thirteenth Suitcase26
Sin calcetines34
Beyond Fear43
Dead Rafter II47
Balsero Singing48
Section II"Merely a Player"51
Los que se alejan siempre son los ninos53
Merely a Player54
Portrait of Wendy, At Fifty, With Bra58
The Wooden Suitcase64
Once upon a Time in May of 1961 ...66
Crossing into the Mainstream67
Fragmented Memories69
Going Back78
Section IIICrossing the Generational Divide83
An Afternoon with Ernesto F. Betancourt85
Growing Up Cuban American92
My Life in Exile98
Lost Memories and Nostalgic Obsessions100
Thirty-Two Years Later107
Island of Color112
Life al reves116
On Being Cuban121
One Mother's Testimonial124
Tia Ada's Arroz con leche128
Losing Eden128
Section IVSnapshots133
La hora de los mameyes135
Abui137
A Cuban American Memoir143
Song for the Royal Palms of Miami146
Photograph of My Parents148
First Shift at Hershey's, 4 A.M.149
Inhabited Woman151
Burialground152
A Journal from the Bay of Mariel153
Political Exile165
Section VThe Culture Wars171
The Facts of Life on the Hyphen173
Against the Grain: Writing Spanish in the USA177
From "The Necessary Treasons"179
Understanding del Casal181
A Cubana in New York187
Arroz192
What Kind of Cuban Are You?193
Tropical Flavor195
Flags and Rags (On Golden Lake)196
Next Stop Ninety Miles202
Section VI"The Bite of Exile"207
The Bite of Exile209
Autobiography210
Culture and Exile211
The Wages of Exile214
Foreigner's Notebook223
In the Wilderness225
Living on Borrowed Ground225
Clotheslines226
Letter to His Niece228
exilio230
sombras231
Paradox232
Where Are You From? A Cuban Dilemma233
The Chosen235
Even Names Have Their Exile236
The Photo That Watches238
Section VII"Grace under Pressure"243
Cubans in the U.S.245
Exile: Reality or Imagination248
Entre el gato y la casa249
Musicians in Motion252
From "Celia Cruz"253
From "La magia musical de Cachao"255
Yesterday/Ayer257
El descanso del heroe258
Head and Vessel259
From Outside Cuba/Fuera de Cuba260
Historia rota (Broken History)260
Exilio262
Abode265
Lluvia y primaveras267
Autobiography, Historiography, and Mythography in Matias Montes Huidobro's Desterrados al fuego269
Section VIII"Inheriting Exile"277
On Being an American-Born Cuban from Miami279
From "Stories My Mother Never Told Me"284
ABCs in South Florida Suburbia289
Appropriated Memories299
Inheriting Exile306
Un Testimonio309
The Grand Finale312
Memoirs of a Tampena313
Una cubanita pasada por agua317
Cata's "pie" de guayaba320
Select Bibliography321

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