Six Days in Havana

Six Days in Havana

by James A. Michener, John Kings


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Six Days in Havana by James A. Michener, John Kings

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780292776296
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 10/01/1989
Pages: 144
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


B.A. in English and history (summa cum laude), Swarthmore College, 1929; A.M., University of Northern Colorado, 1937.

Table of Contents

Havana Bound7
First Impressions26
Roaming Havana43
Finding My House in El Cerro69
Placid Experiences77
Coffee or Sugar?85
In Havana95
The Old City102
The Gilded Age109
Faded Glory116
Street Life Today125
America in Cuba138

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