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Cuban Literature

Ernest Hemingway may have been a hit in Havana since his 20-year residency, but we wanted to share the work of some native Cuban writers. Browse through the collection below, and click on the book covers to go to Public Radio BookSource for more information.

Havana Split
by Teresa Bevin
One woman returns to the much-changed country of her birth, where she finds life filled with struggles and hardship.
Havana Bay
by Martin Cruz Smith
A forlorn Russian detective becomes suicidal and decides Havana is the place to kill himself.
Singing to Cuba
by Margarita Engle
A Cuban American farm wife returns to Cuba after a 30-year absence in search of family and self identity, and discovers the horrible reality of her family's suffering.
The Aguero Sisters
by Cristina Garcia (also author of Dreaming in Cuban)
In this novel of family history and myth, we meet sisters who grew up in Cuba, but haven't talked since one crossed the Straits of Florida and assimilated into U.S. culture.
Cuba and the Night: A Novel
by Pico Iyer
Pico Iyer's first novel is a rich love story dealing with an American photographer in Havana.
The Marks of Birth
by Pablo Medina
The Havana-born poet and essayist Medina is coy about the novel's setting, but he alludes to Havana and Castro.
Mangos, Bananas and Coconuts : A Cuban Love Story
by Himilce Novas
This novel blends magical realism, satire, mystical phenomena and allusions to pop culture.
Yocandra in the Paradise of Nada : A Novel of Cuba
by Zoe Valdes, translated by Sabina Cienfuegos
Born during the 1959 revolution, Yocandra learns how to survive as a woman amid communist machismo.
Before Night Falls
by Reinaldo Arenas
This posthumously published memoir from one of Castro's Cuba's most visionary writers recalls poverty-stricken childhood, suppression as a writer and imprisonment as a homosexual.
Holy Smoke: A Literary Romp Through the History of the Cigar
by Guillermo Cabrera Infante
Homage to the cigar, with anecdotes by Groucho Marx, Sigmund Freud, Mark Twain, Orson Welles, and Humphrey Bogart.
Mea Cuba
by Guillermo Cabrera Infante
This political auobigoraphy explores the nature of the Cuban revolution and the lives of those it affected.
Order this book from Public Radio BookSource A Fountain, a House of Stone : Poems
by Heberto Padilla, translated by Alastair Reid and Alexander Coleman
The important revolutionary poet Padilla proclaimed his political objections, went to prison for years, and now lives in Miami, where he remains a major voice in Cuban poetry.
A Place in the Sun? : Women Writers in Twentieth-Century Cuba
by Catherine Davies
Order this book from Public Radio BookSource Little Havana Blues : A Cuban-American Literature Anthology
by Delia Poey (Editor), Virgil Suarez (Editor)

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