Miami

Miami

by Joan Didion
     
 

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It is where Fidel Castro raised money to overthrow Batista and where two generations of Castro's enemies have raised armies to overthrow him, so far without success. It is where the bitter opera of Cuban exile intersects with the cynicism of U.S. foreign policy. It is a city whose skyrocketing murder rate is fueled by the cocaine trade, racial discontent, and an…  See more details below

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It is where Fidel Castro raised money to overthrow Batista and where two generations of Castro's enemies have raised armies to overthrow him, so far without success. It is where the bitter opera of Cuban exile intersects with the cynicism of U.S. foreign policy. It is a city whose skyrocketing murder rate is fueled by the cocaine trade, racial discontent, and an undeclared war on the island ninety miles to the south.

As Didion follows Miami's drift into a Third World capital, she also locates its position in the secret history of the Cold War, from the Bay of Pigs to the Reagan doctrine and from the Kennedy assassination to the Watergate break-in. Miami is not just a portrait of a city, but a masterly study of immigration and exile, passion, hypocrisy, and political violence.

Editorial Reviews

Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
...Her prose is so finely tuned to paranoia that it persuades without validating. One comes away from Miami as if from a horror film, starting at the lightest movement. But it's more with the mood of her prose than its facts that Ms. Didion has turned so much sunny light into a murky underwater darkness full of sharks and evil shadows. -- The New York Times
James Chace
The world Ms. Didion describes in beautifully evocative prose is...a world of menace and elliptical connections.
The New York Times Book Review
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW reported that Didion's style, ``while it suffers overload, will delight her readers as she swims in the mainstream of the growing run of `Miami' books.'' She portrays today's Miami as a hotbed of conspiracy and endless meetings among wealthy Cuban-Americans plotting Castro's overthrow.
Library Journal
To Didion, contemporary Miami is a ``tropical capital'' closer in ambiance to Caracas or Bogota than Atlanta or Boston, a city shaped by the Cuban community and its dominating exile mentality. The objective here, however, is not so much a profile of the city as a political analysis of the Miami Cuban minda mind, we are told, that remains obsessed with el exilio (the exile), la lucha (the struggle), and a deep and bitter sense of betrayal of the expatriate cause by the U.S. government from Kennedy to Reagan. As in her earlier Salvador, Didion brings the novelist's ear and journalist's eye to her work. The result is a masterful polemic. -- Kenneth F. Kister, Pinellas Park Public Library
From the Publisher
"Her prose is . . . finely tuned . . . . [Miami] turns much sunny light into a murky underwater darkness full of sharks and evil shadows." —The New York Times

"Didion's Miami is a kaleidoscope of impressions, and a litany of violence, intrigue, vengeance, political manipulation, and broken dreams." —Boston Globe

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671646646
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
10/28/1987
Pages:
224

Meet the Author

Joan Didion was born in California and lives in New York City. She is the author of five novels and seven previous books of nonfiction.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
December 5, 1934
Place of Birth:
Sacramento, California
Education:
B.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1956

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