James A. Michener, one of the most celebrated writers of our time, has an extraordinary talent for finding the essence of a place. His books give readers an unmistakable "you are there" feeling, whether set in the South Seas, Alaska, Afghanistan, or Poland. Six Days in Havana has the same immediacy, providing glimpses of a city that has been terra incognita to most North Americans for thirty years. With his associate, John Kings, Michener visited Havana during research for a new novel on the Caribbean. He was only looking for a house and a sugar plantation in which to set the Cuban portion of his story, but he found much more to excite his interest. Fascinated initially by the spectacle of once-grand public buildings and ornate mansions slowing falling into ruin, Michener and Kings set out to explore all of Havana that they could see in six days.
James Michener's insightful text and John Kings' evocative photographs record their impressions of Havana thirty years after the Revolution. The words and pictures beautifully complement each other, offering views of a city that many North Americans may never otherwise see. Michener and Kings visited residential districts, the downtown business and government zone, the old city, churches, museums, a distillery, coffee and sugar plantations in the outlying areas, La Vigia, the former home of Ernest Hemingway, and the fishing village Cojima, the setting for Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. They talked with about two hundred Cubans -- laborers, office workers, religious leaders, diplomats, and journalists. Michener even held a no-holds-barred press conference for Cuban and foreign journalists. This is firsthand reporting of the finest kind. Michener's impressions of modern Havana open a unique window on a country that is so close and yet so inaccessible to most U.S. citizens.
|Publisher:||University of Texas Press|
|Product dimensions:||7.39(w) x 10.17(h) x 0.75(d)|
About the Author
Date of Birth:February 3, 1907
Date of Death:October 16, 1997
Place of Death:Austin, Texas
Education:B.A. in English and history (summa cum laude), Swarthmore College, 1929; A.M., University of Northern Colorado, 1937.
Table of Contents
|Finding My House in El Cerro||69|
|Coffee or Sugar?||85|
|The Old City||102|
|The Gilded Age||109|
|Street Life Today||125|
|America in Cuba||138|