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Biography of a Runaway Slave, Revised Edition
Biography of a Runaway Slave, Revised Edition
by Esteban Montejo
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.83
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Questionable change of authorship, May 24, 2004
In the preface to the (translated) 1968 edition of "The Autobiography of a Runaway Slave" (by Esteban Montejo, edited by Miguel Barnet), Barnet describes how Montejo had recounted his life story and adds, "Esteban soon became the real author of this book. He was constantly looking at my notebook, and he almost forced me to write down everything he said."
Though I do not own a copy of the recent edition, it is very puzzling that Barnet now lists himself as first author, followed by the translator, with Montejo's name last. Certainly the work of an editor or translator is arduous, and deserves proper credit. Yet both are distinct from the author's.
It's both an irony and a shame that Barnet, who is a white member of Cuba's ruling elite, seems to have appropriated the story of a poor, black slave, whose protests and defiance more than 100 years ago would surely be considered counter-revolutionary today.
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Sailboat Hull and Deck Repair (IM Sailboat Library)
Sailboat Hull and Deck Repair (IM Sailboat Library)
by Don Casey
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $15.34
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what a relief, June 10, 1998
With surprising (for a how-to book) and welcomed literateness, Don Casey instructs the cowering novice (me) in the black arts of fiberglass repair. Though I haven't yet proved his lessons in practice, I already feel more confident and competent. And isn't that what how-to books are all about?


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