The Portable Island

The Portable Island

by Ruth Behar
     
 
This is a lyrical and timely collection that explores the meaning of home and identity for Cubans living on the island,as well asfor thosein far-flung locations around the globe.

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This is a lyrical and timely collection that explores the meaning of home and identity for Cubans living on the island,as well asfor thosein far-flung locations around the globe.

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"The Portable Island explores the sensibilities of exile with grace to spare, giving voice to the ambivalence with which all of us -whether exiled or not - yearn for what we've lost. The island evoked here is a place both real and mythical: as much a paradise as a hell, as much a point of origin as a destination. Beyond that, these essays and poems also bear eloquent witness to the utter failure of Cuba's so-called Revolution, which wantonly expels whomever it can't devour." - Carlos Eire, author of Waiting for Snow in Havana

"Ruth Behar and Lucia Suarez serve up a sumptuous feast of love for a lost island. The Portable Island demonstrates the indelible impact Cuba has had not just upon its children but on all who come to know it." - Alfredo Estrada, author of Havana: Autobiography of a City

"Ruth Behar and Lucía M. Suárez, in gathering these inspiring, tenacious meditations on the circuitousness of exile, show that the terms 'home' and 'diaspora' are now synonymous. They also prove that Cuba is not only an island. It has become a metaphor for universalism!" - Ilan Stavans, author of The Hispanic Condition and Spanglish

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230267732
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
10/28/2008
Series:
New Directions in Latino American Culture
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Ruth Behar is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. Her most recent book is An Island Called Home: Returning to Jewish Cuba. Lucía M. Suárez is Associate Professor of Spanish at Amherst College. She is the author of The Tears of Hispaniola: Haitian and Dominican Diaspora Memory.

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