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Telex desde Cuba

Telex desde Cuba

by Rachel Kushner
     
 

Through the characters and their intertwined stories, this novel offers a glimpse into a crucial period of contemporary history that marked the end of an era. The Cuban economy of the 1950s is dictated by the United States, and Cuba's dominant class, made up of American executives and their families living in the Oriente province, leads an almost colonial lifestyle

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Through the characters and their intertwined stories, this novel offers a glimpse into a crucial period of contemporary history that marked the end of an era. The Cuban economy of the 1950s is dictated by the United States, and Cuba's dominant class, made up of American executives and their families living in the Oriente province, leads an almost colonial lifestyle. Everly Lederer and K.C. Stites are two children who have been raised in this small paradise and who can't even begin to suspect the rest of the island's reality. In the mountains, a group led by Fidel Castro begins to organize itself and start the revolution that will conclude with the fall of dictator Batista and the expulsion of Americans from Cuba. In Havana, the French arms dealer La Mazière flirts with a cabaret dancer who will facilitate his access to Cuba's rich and powerful. This novel is full of sharp observations on human nature and colonialist bias, which provide a deep understanding of the revolution’s causes.

A través de los personajes y sus historias entrecruzadas, esta novela ofrece una visión de un periodo crucial de la historia contemporánea que certificó el fin de una época. En los años cincuenta la economía cubana está dictada por los Estados Unidos, y la clase dominante de la isla, formada por directivos estadounidenses y sus familias viviendo en la provincia de Oriente, lleva un estilo de vida casi colonial. Everly Lederer y K.C. Stites son dos niños que se han criado en ese pequeño paraíso desde el que apenas atisban la situación real de la isla. En las montañas, un grupo encabezado por Fidel Castro comienza a organizarse y a poner en marcha una revolución que terminará con la caída del dictador Batista y la expulsión de los norteamericanos de Cuba. En La Habana, el traficante de armamento francés La Mazière coquetea con una bailarina de cabaret que le facilitará el acceso a los cubanos más poderosos. Esta novela está llena de observaciones agudas sobre la naturaleza humana y el prejuicio colonial, las cuales proveen un entendimiento profundo sobre las causas de la revolución.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Multilayered and absorbing. . . . Kushner has fashioned a story that will linger like a whiff of decadent Colony perfume."  —New York Times, on the English-language edition

"A pure treat from the cover to the very last page."  —Washington Post, on the English-language edition

"A riveting drama. Given the recent Cuba headlines, Kushner's tale, passionately told and intensively researched, couldn't have come at a more opportune time."  —Publishers Weekly, on the English-language edition

"A fluid, eye-opening symphony of a book."  —Seattle Times, on the English-language edition

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9788492663392
Publisher:
Libros del Asteroide
Publication date:
05/10/2012
Edition description:
Translatio
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Rachel Kushner is an essayist and author. She is currently the editor of the literary magazine Soft Targets. She lives in Los Angeles. Gabriela Bustelo is a novelist and translator of English literature, essays, and films. She has published three novels, frequently contributes to Spanish and Latin American media, and has translated works by Rudyard Kipling, Oscar Wilde, Edgar Allan Poe, and Mark Twain.

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