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A happy, middle-class childhood lived in the shadows of sweeping social change and oncoming revolution—such was the experience of novelist Pablo Medina. In this memoir, Medina revisits his curious double world, recalling the pre-revolutionary Cuba of his first twelve years, 1948-1960. His recollections move easily from his childhood adventures to warm remembrances of family and friends to his growing awareness of the social conflicts that would ultimately send his family into exile in the United States. Medina also draws on the memories of his elders to extend his memoir back to the Cuban War of Independence and forward through the twentieth century to the fall of the Batista regime, the victory of the Revolution in 1959, and the family's growing disillusionment with the Castro regime. This first paperback edition also includes a new Epilogue describing Medina's visit to Cuba in 1999. 14 black and white photographs, preface, epilogue, glossary.

Author Biography: Pablo Medina is the author of three volumes of poetry and two novels, The Marks of Birth (1994) and The Return of Felix Nogara. He teaches at The New School University in New York City.

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Medina left Cuba with his family at the age of 12. In this short, personal memoir, he depicts a happy, middle-class childhood in pre-revolutionary Cuba in brief vignettes. He also shares the experience of being transplanted to the United States. He writes from the heart, seeking to recapture the essence of being Cuban despite the 30-year effort of Castro to transform Cuba. Medina's style is filled with telling detail and humorous, insightful anecdotes. With the rapid changes in the Communist world in the past year, Cuba may again before too long be seeking its pre-revolutionary past. This volume provides one person's view of what that life was like. For general readers.-- James Rhodes, Luther Coll., Decorah, Ia.
Poet and essayist Medina remembers a happy, middle-class childhood in prerevolutionary Cuba, where he spent his first 12 years (1948-1960), as well as the victory of the Revolution in 1959, and his family's growing disillusionment with the Castro regime. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892552801
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,021,287
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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