Fidel y Raúl, mis hermanos: La historia secreta memorias de Juanita Castro contadas a María Antonieta Collins

Fidel y Raúl, mis hermanos: La historia secreta memorias de Juanita Castro contadas a María Antonieta Collins

by Juanita Castro Ruz, María Antonieta Collins
     
 

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Hace diez años Juanita Castro se decidió a escribir sus memorias y gracias a una doble y fortuita coincidencia: ser su amiga y ser periodista, fue que comenzamos a trabajar en ellas. Al terminarlas en 1999, simplemente decidió no publicarlas, y a lo largo de la década, ambas compartimos el secreto de guardar el libro, -el primero que yo hab

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Hace diez años Juanita Castro se decidió a escribir sus memorias y gracias a una doble y fortuita coincidencia: ser su amiga y ser periodista, fue que comenzamos a trabajar en ellas. Al terminarlas en 1999, simplemente decidió no publicarlas, y a lo largo de la década, ambas compartimos el secreto de guardar el libro, -el primero que yo había escrito-.Sorpresivamente, en este 2009 decidió abrir su alma en un extraordinario recorrido por el triunfo y la tragedia de su vida, y por ende, en los acontecimientos que han marcado las vidas de millones en los últimos cincuenta años. Esta es una gran historia para cubanos y para quienes no lo son. Es el testimonio contado en primera persona, por alguien que estuvo desde que naciera, junto a dos de los personajes políticos de la historia contemporánea de América Latina: sus hermanos Fidel y Raúl. Es por lo tanto una radiografía -la más cercana y fidedigna- que alguien pudiera hacer de los suyos: de su madre, de su padre, de los abuelos y de todos los hermanos incluyendo los famosos y los que decidieron no serlo. Es el recuento de la mujer que rompió con todo, y quien en 1964 vino a vivir al exilio cubano en los Estados Unidos. Es la historia que Juanita Castro nos debía a todos, la que nunca ha contado a nadie, y aquí la tienen.Maria Antonieta Collins ENGLISH DESCRIPTION Ten years ago, Juanita Castro set down to write her memoirs, and thanks to the fortunate coincidence that I was both her friend and a journalist, we began working on them together. When we finished in 1999, Juanita decided not to publish them, and for the past ten years we kept this book—the first one I had written—a secret. Surprisingly, Juanita chose this year, 2009, to bear her soul in an extraordinary journey through the triumphs and tragedies of her life and, consequently, the events that have shaped the lives of millions of people during the past fifty years. This is the first-hand testimony of a person who, from the moment of her birth, was connected by the deepest bond to two of the most notable political figures of contemporary Latin American history: Fidel and Raul Castro, her brothers. It is, therefore, the most intimate and accurate analysis any person can do of their own kin: mother, father, grandparents, and brothers, the famous and those that chose to stay out of the limelight. It is the account of a woman that severed all ties, a woman that in 1964 joined the Cuban exile in the United States. It is a story for Cubans and non-Cubans alike —the story Juanita Castro owed each and every one of us; a story that had not been told until today. María Antonieta Collins

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Library Journal
Starred Review.

In this engaging memoir, the sister of two of the most consequential men in Latin America, Fidel and Raúl Castro, not only speaks out about her estranged brothers but emerges as a fascinating character in her own right. The fourth of six Castro Ruz siblings, Juanita fought for and against the Cuban Revolution, turning against it when Fidel started flirting with communism. In the late 1950s, she raised money for Fidel, spent a year in the Brazilian embassy in Havana as a political refugee of the Batista regime, and even entered the United States illegally. In 1964, she fled to Mexico, publicly denounced her brother's regime, and became an active member of the Miami exile community, where she initially got a chilly reception. She even helped fund an armed attempt to overthrow Castro as late as the 1970s. Fidel is depicted as a womanizer, a troublemaker, and a bully obsessed with power, but Juanita also marvels at his idealism and intellectual force. Raúl, on the other hand, is the sweet, understanding family man who, paradoxically, embraced communism much earlier than Fidel. The villains of the story are Ernesto "Che" Guevara (depicted as a ruthless tyrant) and anybody who has badmouthed Juanita's parents, among them, exile luminaries Carlos Franqui, Norberto Fuentes, and Guillermo Cabrera Infante. One might find fault in the implausibly long and detailed dialogs. However, Mexican journalist Collins, who interviews Juanita, deserves credit for having patched together this thoroughly fascinating narrative. Highly recommended.—Carlos Rodríguez Martorell, East Elmhurst, NY
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603967013
Publisher:
Aguilar
Publication date:
10/26/2009
Edition description:
Spanish-language Edition
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
846,724
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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