" ... an indispensable source for understanding the political developments on the island
highly recommended for bookstores and ... libraries." -- Dolores Koch, Criticas magazine, Jan./Feb. 2003
"A vivid portrait of the complex political struggles that allowed Castro to become the long-lasting despot in Latin America." -- Benigno Dou, Assistant Managing Editor, El Nuevo Herald (Miami)
"A work of undoubted historic value.... Landau has pulled off a genuine tour de force ... " -- El Nuevo Herald (Miami), May 25, 2003
"I think this book could have, for years, a resonance like that of Arthur Koestlers 'Darkness at Noon'." -- Ricardo Bofill, founder, Cuban Committee for Human Rights
"Landau's way of describing the unpleasant parts of human nature is full of understanding, and therefore of hope." -- Carmen Alfonso, wife of a former Cuban mayor
"No writer has achieved a more vivid portrait of how Fidel Castro became the most powerful despot in Latin America." -- Benigno Dou, Latin American newspaper editor and novelist
"This novel is written by someone who is able to treat very anguishing human situations with delicacy and respect." -- Carmen Alfonso, Wife of a Former Cuban Mayor
From the Publisher
This novel embodies a notable venture in which the work is appearing simultaneously in English and Spanish. The translator who re-created the English original in Spanish is himself a prize-winning novelist. For any publisher to issue a work in two languages at the same time is extremely rare; for an independent publisher, it may be unprecedented. With respect to Cubans and Americans, the goal of our present publication and of others to follow is to bridge a conspicuous and lamentable cultural gap.
Many readers find this historical novel full of relevance in looking at present-day Cuba. When the Elian Gonzalez affair came along, an American woman who had earlier seen the book in manuscript commented that the novel gave her a special window on what was happening. A Mexican businessman and diplomat told the author: "Thousands of people are going to be thankful to you for explaining the Cuban political situation as you have done."
Many people around the world already have a keen interest in the Castro-Cuba story. In coming years, as Cuba unravels from the difficulties of the Castro years, the novel's subject will only gain in interest. In each of its languages, this book will have a shelf-life -- and its publisher's support -- for many years to come.