Trading with the Enemy

Author: Tom Miller
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0786726229
Format: PDF, ePub
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“Havana knew me by my shoes,” begins Tom Miller's lively and entertaining account of his sojourn for more than eight months traveling through Cuba, mixing with its literati and black marketers, its cane cutters and cigar rollers. Granted unprecedented access to travel throughout the country, the author presents us with a rare insight into one of the world's only Communist countries. Its best-known personalities and ordinary citizens talk to him about the U.S. embargo and tell their favorite Fidel jokes as they stand in line for bread at the Socialism or Death Bakery. Miller provides a running commentary on Cuba's food shortages, exotic sensuality, and baseball addiction as he follows the scents of Graham Greene, José Marti, Ernest Hemingway, and the Mambo Kings. The result of this informed and adventurous journey is a vibrant, rhythmic portrait of a land and people too long shielded from American eyes.

Cuba s Wild East

Author: Peter Hulme
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
ISBN: 1846317487
Format: PDF, Docs
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As a whole, Cuban history, culture, and art are often misconstrued with a heritage specific to Havana. In Cuba's Wild East, Peter Hulme attempts to right this wrong, focusing on the eastern region of the island and the specific fictions, poetries, locations, and histories that constitute a specific eastern culture. Examining a region with a rich insurgent and revolutionary history, Peter Hulme examines the stories of rebellion, heroism, and sacrifice that are so intimately tied to the places and sites that have now become part of a national pantheon, at the same time showing the international influence of US journalists and novelists whose presence in Cuban literature alongside native Cuban writers further defines the region as a place of encounter.

Contemporary Dance in Cuba

Author: Suki John
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786493259
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The lens of dance can provide a multifaceted view of the present-day Cuban experience. Cuban contemporary dance, or técnica cubana as it is known throughout Latin America, is a highly evolved hybrid of ballet, North American modern dance, Afro-Cuban tradition, flamenco and Cuban nightclub cabaret. Unlike most dance forms, técnica was created intentionally with government backing. For Cuba, a dancing country, it was natural—and highly effective—for the Revolutionary regime to link national image with the visceral power of dance. Written by a dancer who traveled and worked in Cuba from the 1970s to the present, this book provides an inside look at daily life in Cuba. From watching the great Alicia Alonso, to describing the economic trials of the 1990s “Special Period,” the author uses history, humor, personal experience, rich description and extensive interviews to reveal contemporary life and dance in Cuba.

Literature of Travel and Exploration A to F

Author: Jennifer Speake
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9781579584252
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Containing more than 600 entries, this valuable resource presents all aspects of travel writing. There are entries on places and routes (Afghanistan, Black Sea, Egypt, Gobi Desert, Hawaii, Himalayas, Italy, Northwest Passage, Samarkand, Silk Route, Timbuktu), writers (Isabella Bird, Ibn Battuta, Bruce Chatwin, Gustave Flaubert, Mary Kingsley, Walter Ralegh, Wilfrid Thesiger), methods of transport and types of journey (balloon, camel, grand tour, hunting and big game expeditions, pilgrimage, space travel and exploration), genres (buccaneer narratives, guidebooks, New World chronicles, postcards), companies and societies (East India Company, Royal Geographical Society, Society of Dilettanti), and issues and themes (censorship, exile, orientalism, and tourism). For a full list of entries and contributors, a generous selection of sample entries, and more, visit the Literature of Travel and Exploration: An Encyclopedia website.


Author: Humberto Fontova
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1596988223
Format: PDF, Mobi
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A book to challenge the status quo, spark a debate, and get people talking about the issues and questions we face as a country!


Author: Louis A. Pérez
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780195179118
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Spanning the history of the island from pre-Columbian times to the present, this highly acclaimed survey examines Cuba's political and economic development within the context of its international relations and continuing struggle for self-determination. The dualism that emerged in Cuban ideology--between liberal constructs of patria and radical formulations of nationality--is fully investigated as a source of both national tension and competing notions of liberty, equality, and justice. Perez integrates local and provincial developments with issues of class, race, and gender to give readers a full and fascinating account of Cuba's history, focusing on its struggle for nationality. This third edition features the latest research on Cuba, including a new chapter on post-Cold War Cuba that covers the years 1995 through 2004. The political chronology has been revised and updated and the extensive bibliography has been both condensed, where necessary, and expanded to highlight the scholarship of the past decade. The book now features photographs throughout and five maps."


Author: Michelin Travel Publications
Publisher: Michelin Travel Publications
ISBN: 9782068552011
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Cuba... the name evokes a curl of cigar smoke, the tang of a rumbased cocktail, the throb of salsa in the tropical night. More than four centuries before the Revolution Cuba was Spain's first colony in the Americas. A country of striking landscapes, Cuba's greatest resource today is its people, their cheerfulness intact despite their economic situation. With easy-to-read texts and clear maps this guide takes you from the colonial cities of Havana, Trinidad and Santiago to the dizzy bends of La Farola mountain highway, and on to the palm trees and pristine beaches of coast and keys. An ample selection of addresses will enable you to make the most of Cuba, helping you find a luxurious room in a Havana palace, discover a Casa de la Trova, and hear talented local musicians play not just ''Guantanamera'' but many other treasures of the Cuban repertoire.