Mea Cuba


With bitter irony, the author tells a story sadly repeated during this century. A dictatorship that silences the intellectuals, a regime that lies and kills, and a propaganda war that has yet to end. One of the best compilations of documents on recent Cuban history.
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With bitter irony, the author tells a story sadly repeated during this century. A dictatorship that silences the intellectuals, a regime that lies and kills, and a propaganda war that has yet to end. One of the best compilations of documents on recent Cuban history.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This informative, entertaining collection of Infante's essays, speeches and book reviews features the viewpoint of an anti-Castroite expelled from Cuba's Union of Writers and Artists as ``a traitor to the revolutionary cause.'' Infante (Infante's Inferno), born in 1929, has been in exile since 1965, living mostly in Madrid and London. Antic and cheerfully defiant, he here expresses scathing disgust over Castro's policy toward Cuba's gay writers and discusses several of them. Infante's favorite is clearly Virgilio Piera, whose work he predicts ``will live, twist and giggle forever.'' He also introduces us to Lydia Cabrera, whom he calls Cuba's greatest woman writer. The collection includes a masterful piece on the reactions of eminent foreign writers who have visited his homeland, such as Federico Garca Lorca, Graham Greene and Edna O'Brien. Quirky, unpredictable, often hilarious, Infante's book tells us much about the effect of the Cuban revolution on Cuban literature. (Nov.)
Library Journal
This collection of essays, commentaries, and satires describes the miserable and impoverished plight of the Cuban nation and especially of Fidel Castro, its leader for the last 35 years. Cabrera Infante is a distinguished literary figure who fled Cuba in 1965 to pursue a career as an author in exile, free from governmental oppression and intimidation in a nation where thought-control and censorship are daily fare and where freedom of expression is allowed only to the extent that it dovetails with the dictator's decrees. These writings reveal not only the worsening conditions in Cuba but also the difficulties faced by a writer working in exile when the political leaders of his native country mount a concerted campaign of condemnation and defamation on global scale. Useful for students of 20th-century Latin American politics and literature.-Philip Y. Blue, Dowling Coll. Lib., Oakdale, N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788420482712
  • Publisher: Santillana USA Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 6/30/2006
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 5.95 (w) x 9.66 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Table of Contents

Genesis/Exodus 1
Shipwreck with a Sunrise in the Background 3
By the Way 6
Answers and Questions 11
Expulsion 20
Polemic with a Dead Man 21
Letter to Tomas Eloy Martinez of Primera Plana 32
The Twisted Tongue of the Poet 36
Throwing a Cable 43
Letter to a Chain Gang 46
The Turk's Head 51
P.M. Means Post Mortem 52
Bites from the Bearded Crocodile 55
Lorca the Rainmaker Visits Havana 87
Walker Evans: Eye Witness 97
Havana Lost and Found 100
The Martyrdom of Marti 109
Who Killed Calvert Casey? 114
Between History and Nothingness 138
Asterism 175
Lives of a Hero 177
The Unknown Political Prisoner 196
Prisoners of Devil's Island 201
An Old Engraving 209
Notable Men in Havana 210
Portrait of the Artist as a Commissar 216
Quiet Days in Cliche 223
Guerrillas in Captivity Alas! 228
J'Accuse at the Woodrow Wilson Center 231
Cubans Ahoy! 239
Cain's Cuba 242
Hey Cuba, Hecuba? 247
And of My Cuba, What? 260
Has Socialism Died? 269
What is History, pues? 272
Portrait of an Ageing Tyro 281
The Tyrant and the Poet 291
Castro's Convertible 309
Two Wrote Together 331
Two Died Together 361
Montenegro, Prisoner of Sex 365
The Ninth Moon of Lino Novas 371
A Poet of a Popular Parnassus 376
Alejo Carpentier, a Shotgun Cuban 383
Antonio Ortega Returns to Asturias - Dead 400
Goodbye to the Friend with the Camera 407
Reinaldo Arenas, or Destruction by Sex 412
Capa Son of Caissa 419
Actors and Sinners 434
An Encounter with the Intelligence of Franco 447
Spanish is Not a Dead Language 451
Columbus Route One 455
Scenes of a World without Columbus 460
Spain Stays Mainly in the Plain 466
Letter to Marta Pessarrodona 472
To Be or Not to Be Brief 473
A Vindication of Exile 479
Hearing (Distant) Voices 480
The Invisible Exile 483
The Bird of Paradise Lost 489
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