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Dulces Guerreros Cubanos (Spanish) Paperback – 1999

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Product Details

  • Series: Los Tres Mundos
  • Paperback: 459 pages
  • Publisher: Seix Barral; 1. ed edition (1999)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 8432208418
  • ISBN-13: 978-8432208416
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,398,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Antonio on November 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
Norberto Fuentes was close for many years to Cuba's inner circle. He fought in Fidel's African wars in former Portuguese colony Angola. He was close to General Arnaldo Ochoa, a Hero of the Revolution who, according to Fuentes, led an Afro-Cuban army in the largest tank battle since WWII. And a good friend to the De La Guardia twins, fast-living, good-looking intelligence operatives with plenty of blood on their hands. Suddently, disaster struck. In 1989, after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, strongman Castro decided he would give a sign that no glasnost or perestroika (remember them?) would happen in Cuba. He had General Ochoa, Tony De la Guardia and several others arrested an tried on trumped-up charges of drug traficking, and afterwards had them executed by a kangaroo court. Fuentes, a former darling of Fidel's for his earlier Hemingway book, fell from grace and was arrested. He only got out at Gabriel García Marquez's request.

Fuentes is therefore, a witness to life in Cuba for the inner circle. These people are, within their own circle, omnipotent. They can procure computers to write, like Fuentes, or recording equipment like Pablo Milanés, which other writers or artists can only dream about. They keep large bundles of US currency hidden in a variety of places (Fuentes kept part of his stash with his favorite mistress) just in case it's required. They are absolutely amoral and would get into any sordid business provided it's profitable and Fidel's authorized it. For them revolutionary rethoric is just a useful discourse to maintain their privileged status. Fidel himself is, as one would expect, a megalomaniac with a speech disorder (he can't shut up), who believes in degrading or exalting his underlings in any way that suits him.
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Comencé a leer "Dulces Guerreros Cubanos" un lunes a las 3.00 pm y no lo pude soltar hasta terminarlo el martes a las 6.00 am. El dinamismo de este libro me llevaba de la risa al más increíble de los espantos en cuestión de segundos. Historias que al lector ajeno y lejano pueden parecer increíbles, pero que el lector cubano de clase media sabe la certeza detrás de ellas, son contadas de forma magistral por este señor de la pluma, que perteneció durante muchos años al "inner circle" del Kremlin Cubano. Después de "Mea Culpa" de Cabrera Infante es lo mejor que he leído sobre Cuba.
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By A Customer on August 7, 2002
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excelente libro, una gran obra de develación de los secretos del castrismo. Norberto Fuentes es un gran escritor y sus historias son muy valoradas por los conocedores de la lieteratura latinoamericana. Grandioso. Uno de los mejores del momento actual
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It is an impressive book which discloses many hidden issues about the Cuban political (and social) situation during the 80s and 90s.
People living there never realized all what was hidden under the public face of reality. Yet, skeptic people may doubt whether all facts and versions written there are TOTALLY truth or not, in spite the photographic evidence given by the writer.
Why did he not have the guts to disclose all of this at the time it was happenning? Because he was part of the favored ones living "la vida loca"?
The fact the writter lives in the exile, made it less likely to believe totally his version on the presented facts. People there (in the exile) can be manipulated to write whatever they want to read there.
It is an interesting book, anyway, easy reading and interesting in some way.
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