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Mea Cuba (Spanish Edition) (Spanish) Paperback – January 15, 1999

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Guillermo Cabrera Infante (La Habana, Cuba, 1929) is one of the most important figures in contemporary literature. He has published many novels and has won the Premio Biblioteca Breve and the Premio Cervantes.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Alfaguara (January 15, 1999)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 8420482714
  • ISBN-13: 978-8420482712
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,384,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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El Autor de Tres Tristes Tigres nos ofrece una visión distinta del fenómeno Castro (un cubano que ama su patria y escribe contra su líder). Un libro que denuncia algunos de los atropellos que el "presidente" cubano perpetra contra los mismos cubanos. Una compilación de textos escritos a lo largo de los varios años que G.C.I. vive en su autoexilio, con la calidad y el humor al que nos tiene acostumbrados. La marca indeleble de Caín en el juego de palabras y en su estilo erudito, no se extrañan en Mea Cuba, una obra que expone los sentimientos más íntimos del autor frente a la Isla Caribeña que lo vió nacer. Aspectos de la Revolución (la mayúscula es de Guillermo)que se entrepapelaron en la historia, sus actores, el arte cubano y el pensamiento de Castro, vistos todos desde la ventana pineal de Cabrera Infante.
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In this book Cabrera Infante takes us by the hand through the history of Cuba, past and present, in a masterful way. As a growing teenager in Cuba myself in the sixties, I can "see" again all that happened in the beautiful island-archipelago from a richer, most understandable perspective than when I was there and saw things take place, but did not fully understand them: The witchhunt against all intellectuals who dared "think" what was not sanctioned by the totalitarian state and its main disease: Castroenteritis ! The repression against "hippies", "Beatle Lovers", homosexuals, singers and anyone who could challenge the Caribbean Nazi-Stalinism. (It made me remember my "underground" listening to the Beatles!).
An excellent, deep analysis of causes and consequences, of life in internal and external exile and very sharp chronicles about the lives of poets, writers, politicians and "men with many exes decorations", i.e. exminister, exambassador, exrevolutionary, experson, etc. Incredibly good use of the Spanish language, worthy of the prize Cabrera Infante recently earned: The Cervantes Prize of the Spanish language! I highly recommend this book for lovers of true history and of the Spanish language!
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This collection of essays and short pieces by Guillermo Cabrera Infante was not only educational to me (in the sense that it introduced me to many of Cuba's top writers, poets and artists), but also eye opening in the way in which it opened yet another mental file to store away the immense brutalities that Castro has caused upon all segments of the Cuban population.

It is sad to read about the suicides of many of Castro's most heroic Revolutionary supporters (such as Yeye Santamaria), as well as broken poets and writers.

Guillermo Cabrera Infante's books drives home, like a nail being pounded into a hand, the brutal and malignant nature of Fidel Castro, equally distributed among friends and foes alike. It is a must read for students of Cuban history from the viewpoint of an insider.
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Por la contratapa de este libro me entero que un crítico español dijo -cuando salió Mea Cuba en España- que el libro era un panfleto. Martí también fue acusado en su tiempo de panfletario.
Para mi es un libro brillante que narra -con el punto de vista del autor y un humor vitriolico- hechos relevantes de la historia de Cuba. Lo tengo lleno de subrayados y tiene cientos de frases antológicas.
Algunas de mis favoritas:
No hay delirio de persecución allí donde la persecución es delirio.
Muchos exilados cubanos pueden decir que nunca abandonaron a Cuba: Cuba los abandonó a ellos.
¿De qué sirve enseñar el alfabeto a millones cuando un solo hombre decide lo que se va a leer, en Prusia como en Cuba? O en Cuba.
En los países socialistas los rumores corren como Aquiles mientras que las noticias del Partido van a paso de tortuga: por eso un rumor que corre es siempre digno de confianza.
Vendría la condena antes que el veredicto.
Y la mejor de todas:
El Holocausto llegó a conocerse en su totalidad únicamente después de la Segunda Guerra. Los gulags no salieron a la luz pública hasta la muerte de Stalin. Y las atrocidades de Castro, no todas literarias, sólo se sabrán una vez que haya desaparecido.
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