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New Short Fiction from Cuba

Author : Jacqueline Loss
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With the disintegration of the Soviet bloc, the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Cuba's political future, the onslaught of tourists, and the economic upheavals in their society, Cubans face an important, perhaps epochal, moment of cultural change. It is a moment amply and complexly reflected in the fiction collected here, twelve short stories written in Cuba during the past ten years and published in English for the first time with the collaboration of some of today's finest translators. An eclectic selection, the stories offer an exhilarating sense of a rich literary diversity and cultural history, an experience of Cuban literature that has rarely been available to an English audience. They differ widely, even wildly, in style and theme: from an impromptu encounter with Ernest Hemingway to an imagined romance mapped onto Cuba's foundational nineteenth-century novel..


Author : Mirta Yáñez
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Sixteen contemporary stories by Cuban women. One describes life in Cuba without Soviet aid, a second is on a father-son relationship, and in a third, a housewife and a career woman imagine each other's lives.

Cuban Currency

Author : Esther Katheryn Whitfield
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With the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990s, during an economic crisis termed its “special period in times of peace,” Cuba began to court the capitalist world for the first time since its 1959 revolution. With the U.S. dollar instated as domestic currency, the island seemed suddenly accessible to foreign consumers, and their interest in its culture boomed. Cuban Currency is the first book to address the effects on Cuban literature of the country’s spectacular opening to foreign markets that marked the end of the twentieth century. Based on interviews and archival research in Havana, Esther Whitfield argues that writers have both challenged and profited from new transnational markets for their work, with far-reaching literary and ideological implications. Whitfield examines money and cross-cultural economic relations as they are inscribed in Cuban fiction. Exploring the work of Zo Valds, Pedro Juan Gutirrez, Antonio Jos Ponte and others, she draws out writers’ engagements with the troublesome commodification of Cuban identity. Confronting the tourist and publishing industries’ roles in the transformation of the Cuban revolution into commercial capital, Whitfield identifies a body of fiction peculiarly attuned to the material and political challenges of the “special period.” Esther Whitfield is assistant professor of comparative literature at Brown University.

Detective Fiction in Cuban Society and Culture

Author : Stephen Wilkinson
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This book examines Cuban society through a study of its detective fiction and more particularly contemporary Cuban society through the novels of the author and critic, Leonardo Padura Fuentes. The author traces the development of Cuban detective writing in the light of the work of twentieth century Western European literary critics and philosophers including Raymond Williams, Antonio Gramsci, Terry Eagleton, Roland Barthes, Jean Paul Sartre, Michel Foucault, Jean François Lyotard and Jean Baudrillard in order to gain a better understanding of the social and historical context in which this genre emerged. The analysis includes discussion of the broader philosophical, political and historical issues raised by the Cuban revolution. The book concludes that the study of this popular genre in Cuba is of crucial importance to the scholar who wishes to reach as full an understanding of the social dynamics within that society as possible.

Prose Fiction of the Cuban Revolution

Author : Seymour Menton
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Recipient of the Hubert Herring Memorial Award from the Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies for the best unpublished manuscript of 1973, Prose Fiction of the Cuban Revolution is an in-depth study of works by Cubans, Cuban exiles, and other Latin American writers. Combining historical and critical approaches, Seymour Menton classifies and analyzes over two hundred novels and volumes of short stories, revealing the extent to which Cuban literature reflects the reality of the Revolution. Menton establishes four periods—1959–1960, 1961–1965,1966–1970, and 1971– 1973—that reflect the changing policies of the revolutionary government toward the arts. Using these periods as a chronological guideline, he defines four distinct literary generations, records the facts about their works, establishes coordinates, and formulates a system of literary and historical classification. He then makes an aesthetic analysis of the best of Cuban fiction, emphasizing the novels of major writers, including Alejo Carpentier's El siglo de las luces, and José Lezama Lima's Paradiso. He also discusses the works of a large number of lesser-known writers, which must be considered in arriving at an accurate historical tableau. Menton's exploration of the short story combines a thematic and stylistic analysis of nineteen anthologies with a close study of six authors: Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Calvert Casey, Humberto Arenal, Antonio Benítez, Jesús Díaz Rodríguez, and Norberto Fuentes. Several chapters are devoted to the increasing number of novels and short stories written by Cuban exiles as well as to the eighteen novels and one short story written about the Revolution by non-Cubans, such as Julio Cortázar, Carlos Martínez Moreno, Luisa Josefina Hernández, and Pedro Juan Soto. In studying literary works to reveal the intrinsic consciousness of a historical period, Menton presents not only his own views but also those of Cuban literary critics. In addition, he clarifies the various changes in the official attitude toward literature and the arts in Cuba, using the revolutionary processes of several other countries as comparative examples.

The Representation of Slavery in Cuban Fiction

Author : Lorna V. Williams
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Incorporating recent narrative theory and original historical documents, such as the voluminous correspondence of Domingo del Monte (1804-1853), Williams offers insights into the pattern of female development through an exploration of the representation of the female slave in the five novels. In addition, she provides the first exhaustive analysis of Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda's Sab and the first detailed treatment of the intertextual echoes in these other literary texts: Juan Francisco Manzano's Autobiografia, Amnselmo Suarez y Romero's Francisco, Antonio Zambrana's El negro Francisco, Martin Morua Delgado's Sofia, and Cirilo Villaverde's Cecilia Valdes.

Dialogic Aspects of the Cuban Novel of the 1990s

Author : Ángela Dorado-Otero
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The author analyses six novels of the "boom" in Cuban fiction of the 1990s that subvert homogenized views of Cuban identity.

Errol Fidel and the Cuban Rebel Girls

Author : Boyd Anderson
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Based on true events, "Errol, Fidel and the Cuban Rebel Girls" recreates one of the 20th centuryOCOs great untold stories. Cuba, 1959: In the final year of his life, Errol Flynn found time for one last adventure. The dashing star of many Hollywood films had always longed to be a real hero. Fidel Castro was the genuine article, and now he was looking for fame. What each man had the other wanted and, as revolution raged around them, the stage was set for an explosive encounter. Cuba is on the brink of revolution and Errol Flynn is there making what will be his final film. When they meet, Errol is involved in the latest in a long line of relationships with under-age women, while Fidel is ready to march triumphantly into Havana after overthrowing the Batista government. Within days of the coup, Errol is chased out of Cuba with a firing squad and Fidel hot on his Featuring a full cast of Hollywood movie stars, beautiful women, Cuban revolutionaries and New York mobsters, "Errol, Fidel and the Cuban Rebel Girls" is the story of two men at the opposite ends of astonishing careers. It is a story with two heroes ... but there is only ever room for one."

Cuba Libre

Author : Elmore Leonard
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“A wild ride through Cuba during the Spanish-American War.” —Miami Herald “Not only his finest novel but one that transcends the limits of its genre and is worthy of being evaluated as literary fiction.” —Houston Chronicle Before Grand Master Elmore Leonard earned his well-deserved reputation as “the best writer of crime fiction alive” (Newsweek), he penned some of the finest western fiction to ever appear in print. (The classics Hombre, Valdez is Coming, and 3:10 to Yuma were just a few of his notable works.) With his extraordinary Cuba Libre, Leonard ingeniously combines all of his many talents and delivers a historical adventure/caper/western/noir like none other. The creator of U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, star of Raylan, Pronto, Riding the Rap, and TV’s Justified, spins a gloriously exciting yarn about an American horse wrangler who escapes a date with a Cuban firing squad to join forces with a powerful sugar baron’s lady looking to make waves and score big in and around Spanish-American War-torn Havana in 1898. Everything you love about Leonard’s fiction—and more—is evident in Cuba Libre. No wonder the New York Times Book Review enthusiastically declared him “a literary genius.”

The Cuban Affair

Author : Nelson DeMille
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From the legendary #1 New York Times bestselling author of Plum Island and Night Fall comes this “action-packed, relentlessly paced thriller” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) featuring US Army combat veteran Daniel “Mac” MacCormick, now a charter boat captain, who is about to set sail on his most dangerous cruise. Daniel “Mac” Graham MacCormick seems to have a pretty good life. At age thirty-five he’s living in Key West, owner of a forty-two-foot charter fishing boat The Maine. But after serving five years in the Army and purchasing a boat with a big bank loan, Mac’s finances are more than a little shaky. One day, Mac is sitting in the famous Green Parrot Bar, contemplating his life, and waiting for Carlos, a hotshot Miami lawyer heavily involved with anti-Castro groups. Carlos wants to hire Mac and The Maine for a ten-day fishing tournament to Cuba at the standard rate, but Mac suspects there is more to this and turns it down. The price then goes up to two million dollars, and Mac agrees to hear the deal, and meet Carlos’s clients—a beautiful Cuban-American woman named Sara Ortega, and a mysterious older Cuban exile, Eduardo Valazquez. What Mac learns is that there is sixty million American dollars hidden in Cuba by Sara’s grandfather when he fled Castro’s revolution. With the “Cuban Thaw” underway between Havana and Washington, Carlos, Eduardo, and Sara know it’s only a matter of time before someone finds the stash—by accident or on purpose. And Mac knows if he accepts this job, he’ll walk away rich…or not at all.

Cuba 15

Author : Nancy Osa
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Violet Paz, a Chicago high school student, reluctantly prepares for her upcoming "quince," a Spanish nickname for the celebration of an Hispanic girl's fifteenth birthday.

Caviar with Rum

Author : Jacqueline Loss
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PART I: OSTALGIE: CUBAN STYLE The Munequitos Rusos Generation-Aurora Jacome, Translated by Katherine M. Hedeen Nostalgia-Reina Maria Rodriguez, Translated by Kristin Dykstra Roxy the Red-Pedro Gonzalez Reinoso, Translated by Dick Cluster PART II: COMMUNICATING VESSELS The Rebellious Children of the Cuban Revolution: Notes on the History of Cuban Sots Art-Juan Carlos Betancourt, Translated by Antonio Garza Toward a Cuban October-Ernesto Menendez, Translated by Elizabeth Bell Around the Sun: The Adventures of a Wayward Satellite-Jorge Ferrer, Translated by Anna Kushner The Mammoth That Wouldn't Die-Carlos Espinosa Dominguez, Translated by Elizabeth Bell Heberto Padilla, the First Dissident (of the Cuban Revolution)-Jose Manuel Prieto, Translated by Jorge Castillo PART III: RECALCITRANT AJIACO ...So, Borscht and the Ajiaco Don't Mix?: An Essay of Self-ethnography on the Young Post-Soviet Diaspora in Cuba-Dmitri Prieto Samsonov and Polina Martinez Shvietsova, Translated by Kristina Cordero Dispatches from the War Zone-Tonel Fnimaniev! Fnimaniev! The Hare and the Turtle: The Black 'Mona'-Gertrudis Rivalta Oliva, Translated by Jacqueline Loss Persistent Matriushkas-Jacqueline Loss PART IV: THE IMAGINARY TRACTOR The Inventor, the Machine, and the New Man-Ariana Hernandez-Reguant What the Russians Left Behind-Yoss, Translated by Daniel W. Koon PART V: DIPLOMATIC AND ECONOMIC COQUETTERIE Socialism as the Main Soviet Legacy in Cuba-Yuri Pavlov Havana and Moscow in the Post-Soviet World-Mervyn J. Bain.

Contemporary Spanish American Fiction

Author : Jefferson Rea Spell
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Cuba Cubans and Cuban Americans

Author : Jesse John Dossick
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Dreaming in Cuban

Author : Cristina García
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“Impressive . . . [Cristina García’s] story is about three generations of Cuban women and their separate responses to the revolution. Her special feat is to tell it in a style as warm and gentle as the ‘sustaining aromas of vanilla and almond,’ as rhythmic as the music of Beny Moré.”—Time Cristina García’s acclaimed book is the haunting, bittersweet story of a family experiencing a country’s revolution and the revelations that follow. The lives of Celia del Pino and her husband, daughters, and grandchildren mirror the magical realism of Cuba itself, a landscape of beauty and poverty, idealism and corruption. Dreaming in Cuban is “a work that possesses both the intimacy of a Chekov story and the hallucinatory magic of a novel by Gabriel García Márquez” (The New York Times). In celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the novel’s original publication, this edition features a new introduction by the author. Praise for Dreaming in Cuban “Remarkable . . . an intricate weaving of dramatic events with the supernatural and the cosmic . . . evocative and lush.”—San Francisco Chronicle “Captures the pain, the distance, the frustrations and the dreams of these family dramas with a vivid, poetic prose.”—The Washington Post “Brilliant . . . With tremendous skill, passion and humor, García just may have written the definitive story of Cuban exiles and some of those they left behind.”—The Denver Post

A History of the Cuban Revolution

Author : Aviva Chomsky
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A History of the Cuban Revolution presents a concise socio-historical account of the Cuban Revolution of 1959, an event that continues to spark debate 50 years later. Balances a comprehensive overview of the political and economic events of the revolution with a look at the revolution’s social impact Provides a lively, on-the-ground look at the lives of ordinary people Features both U.S. and Cuban perspectives to provide a complete and well-rounded look at the revolution and its repercussions Encourages students to understand history through the viewpoint of individuals living it Selected as a 2011 Outstanding Academic Title by CHOICE

Nation Space and Sexualities on the Margins in Contemporary Cuban Fiction

Author : Helen Kierulf Svane
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Cubans in America

Author : Lee Engfer
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Examines the history of Cuban immigration to the United States, discussing why they came, what they did when they got here, where they settled, and customs they brought with them.

Cuba and the Night

Author : Pico Iyer
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Having captivated readers with such gems of travel writing as Video Night in Kathmandu, Pico Iyer now presents a novel whose central character is another place: the melancholy, ebullient, and dazzlingly inconsistent island that is Castro's Cuba. "On almost every page you can smell the dust, the cheap perfume and the rum of Havana today, or better still, tonight."--Los Angeles Times. From the Trade Paperback edition.

In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd

Author : Ana Menéndez
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Eleven short stories of the Cuban immigrant experience as characters adjust to life in the United Sates, from an award-winning author. From the prize–winning title story—a masterpiece of humor and heartbreak—unfolds a collection of tales that illuminate the landscape of an exiled community rich in heritage, memory, and longing for the past. In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd is at once “tender and sharp-fanged” as Ana Menéndez evocatively charts the territory from Havana to Coral Gables, Florida, and explores whether any of us are capable, or even truly desirous, of outrunning our origins (LA Weekly). “With the grace of Margaret Atwood and the sensuality of Laura Esquivel,” Menéndez makes an unforgettable debut “rich in metaphor, wisdom, and delicious subtlety” (St. Petersburg Times).