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VOYA - Kevin S. Beach
Cuban-American literature is based on the frustrations created by the political relationship between the United States and Cuba, the emergence of Spanglish, a half-and-half combination of the two countries' languages, and the modernization of Cuban society. Cuban foods, music, folklore, religion, and family ties also play important roles in bringing a boisterous, rhythmic attitude into representative writings. This book attempts to collect the most important and influential pieces by authors of a new literary genre. There are more than one hundred pages devoted to poetry. Recurring themes running through these selections include racism, poverty, and the encroachment of American culture. Some recount fond remembrances or embrace the folk superstitions of Cuba. The fiction collection includes short works by the established and well known, e.g., Hijuelos and Yglesias, and more recent authors, many who write of their exile or parents' exile from their homeland. A couple of the stories use strong language. One describes the acts of a sexual predator. Most, however, are short works, easily accessible even to reluctant readers. Three dramas are reprinted in the anthology. Each would be appropriate for production or dramatic reading in a classroom. Some include Spanish characters and dialogue. The poetry selections would be most useful to students seeking ethnic writings. The book closes with brief biographies and bibliographic information on the represented authors. I would recommend this anthology for the uniqueness of the genre. Pineapple Press has recently published a similar work, A Century of Cuban Writers in Florida, that also exhibits prose and poetry of the best Cuban/American authors. Libraries that cater to Latin audiences may wish to get both. Biblio. Further Reading. VOYA Codes: 4Q 2P S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, For the YA with a special interest in the subject, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
Library Journal
Suarez (Going Under, Arte Pblico, 1996) and wife Poey, editor of Out of the Mirrored Garden (LJ 12/95), compile poems by 15 poets, 12 short stories, three plays, and four essays representing the best of recent Cuban American writing. Except for Oscar Hijuelos (represented here by a short story, "Cuba Cuba 1954"), none of the contributors is a household name. Highlights include Gean Moreno's poem "Stand" ("Finding/ souvenirs of dead loves has more/ to do with probability than accident"), Prez Firmat's sardonic essay "Lost in Translation," and Dolores Prida's bilingual tour de force drama, "Coser y Cantar." Although about half of the works have appeared in volumes already published, this anthology pulls a wide variety together conveniently in one place.Lawrence Olszewski, OCLC Lib., Dublin, Ohio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613028950
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Format: Library Binding

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
The Jewish Cemetery in Guanabacoa 20
My Grandmother in Miami Beach Who Sees Everything in Blue 23
Returning 26
America 28
Letters for Mama 33
Crayons for Elena 35
El Curandero (The Healer) 37
Belonging 39
For J. W. 40
The Test 41
Looking South 42
Abuelo Leopoldo Sneaks a Bite of Cream Cheese 43
Santeria 45
In the Tradition of Returning 47
To the Rumba Players of Belen, Cuba 52
Between Language and Desire 56
Floating 57
First Shift at Hershey's, 4 a.m 59
Janis Joplin 61
My Two Languages 63
Funk Indigo 64
The Story of L 65
Geography Jazz 66
Blake in the Tropics 69
Freedom 70
Havana Blues 71
Forgotten Memory 73
Los Diegos 75
Only the Truly Beautiful Go Mad 77
History as a Second Language 79
Pain 81
Cuba 82
Flight Out of Miami 84
Why I Look Out Windows 85
Cuban Lullaby 86
Etiquette 87
Stand 89
Second-Hand 90
Sugarcane 92
Kimberle 95
Sunday 96
Charada China 98
Exile 101
Lime Cure 102
On Whether My Father Deserves a Poem 104
What's Wrong with Me 105
III. Benediction 106
VII. Madrid 107
X. Lidia, Rey, and Jorge: a Song 108
XIV. Nomenclature 109
The Admiral Cursed 112
On the Morning of His Arrest 122
The Last Supper 132
Ines in the Kitchen 152
Cuba, Cuba, 1954 158
I'm Holding His Hand 172
The Homecoming 192
The Defector 200
Paloma 215
Headshots 240
Liberation in Little Havana 262
The Guns in the Closet 276
Once Upon a Future 300
Coser y Cantar 326
Memories of My Father's Family during His Self-Imposed Exile 351
Lost in Translation 392
Spic'n Spanish 393
Desi Does It 395
The Barber of Little Havana 397
Mirror, Mirror 398
English is Broken Here 400
Arrival: 1960 402
Negrita 407
Bitterness 420
Contributors' Biographies 423
Bibliography 441
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