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I Gave You All I Had introduces Cuca Martinez - a.k.a. Cuquita, Cuchita, the Girl - the youngest child in a brood of five, born in prerevolutionary Cuba to a flighty would-be actress and a Chinese enthusiast of New World riches upon whom fortune has consistently failed to smile. At sixteen, she heads for Havana in search of work.

There, a pair of strumpets named La Mechanga and La Puchanga introduce her to the sweet mischief of nighttime Havana, in which she meets Juan, the love...

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I Gave You All I Had introduces Cuca Martinez - a.k.a. Cuquita, Cuchita, the Girl - the youngest child in a brood of five, born in prerevolutionary Cuba to a flighty would-be actress and a Chinese enthusiast of New World riches upon whom fortune has consistently failed to smile. At sixteen, she heads for Havana in search of work.

There, a pair of strumpets named La Mechanga and La Puchanga introduce her to the sweet mischief of nighttime Havana, in which she meets Juan, the love of her life - only to see him disappear for eight years. When Juan resurfaces on the eve of the Revolution, Cuca believes her dreams are finally to be realized, but the political climate and Juan's shady dealings force him into hasty exile in America.

And so Cuca, like Cuba itself, waits. She waits for the promised dreams - of happiness, of plenty, of joy, of love - to arrive, and watches her country slide into a barren, repressive slumber. And while she waits, Cuca and her friends struggle, in the midst of those shattered dreams, to survive: they improvise, they scavenge, they make love, they remember, and above all, they talk.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788408022831
  • Publisher: Planeta Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/1/1999
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 4.47 (w) x 7.09 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Zoé Valdés
Zoé Valdés
Acclaimed poet, novelist and screenwriter Zoe Valdes was born in Cuba and fled to France as an adult in 1995. Almost overnight, she joined the ranks of the most revered Latin American writers with novels like 1997's Yocandra in the Paradise of Nada and 1999's I Gave You All I Had.

Biography

Novelist and poet Zoé Valdés was born in Cuba in 1959. Her two earlier novels, Yocandra in the Paradise of Nada and I Gave You All I Had have also appeared in English translation. Zoé Valdés lives in Paris with her daughter.
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    1. Hometown:
      Paris, France
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 2, 1959
    2. Place of Birth:
      Havana, Cuba
    1. Education:
      Attended the Instituto Superior Pedagogico Enrique Jose Varona
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