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Now that Cuba's doors are beginning to open to its northern neighbor, a generation for which Cuba has been a blank slate is coming to appreciate the unique cultural riches that the country has to offer. Much of the island nation's art and architectural patrimony centers on Havana. Lobo Montalvo has documented the city's growth from a fortified colonial outpost to a twentieth-century metropolis. Although she died in 1998 after creating a manuscript version of her highly personal history of Havana, her children completed this sumptuous volume, and it stands as one of the best currently available records of the city's physical growth. Using extant provincial structures, Lobo Montalvo illustrates what some of Havana's first buildings must have looked like. She traces the city's colonial growth from the first fortifications guarding the city's strategically valuable harbor through its Spanish heyday into independence. Outstanding color photographs document the rich architectural and decorative history of old Havana. Simultaneously published in Spanish, this colorful volume contributes to an understanding of Havana's key role as a leading city of the Western Hemisphere. Mark Knoblauch
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About the Author

María Luisa Lobo Montalvo, daughter of Cuban sugar magnate Julio Lobo Olavarría, had a deep passion for her homeland which was reflected in all aspects of her life and continued throughout her years of exile. Among her many cultural activities were film production, writing, and lecturing. Lobo Montalvo died in 1998, at the age of sixty-three, shortly after completing the manuscript for Havana: History and Architecture of a Romantic City.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: The Monacelli Press (June 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158093238X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580932387
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 1.1 x 12.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #500,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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IF YOU ARE GOING TO BUY A BOOK ON LA HABANA THIS IS IT !!!!!!! IT IS MOST INFORMATIVE AND THE PHOTOS ARE THE BEST. BEING CUBAN I HAVE BOUGHT ALMOST EVERY BOOK WRITTEN ABOUT CUBA AND THIS ONE IS MY FAVORITE - THE BEST.
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By A Customer on November 9, 2000
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Truly a unique and memorable book. I own many books on Cuba, but this book is exceptional. As Maria Luisa's book provides us with in-depth historical and architectural background accompanied by impressive photography, she also delights us with her memories of sound, sight, smell and far away world of her childhood which comes alive for all readers, but specially those who lived in the beautiful island of Cuba. It is a treasure for our Cuban heritage and a beautiful addition to anyone's library. A friend, relative and admirer from Miami, Florida
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By A Customer on February 26, 2001
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Unlike other reviewers, I have no link with Cuba and I have never been to Havana, but this book made me want to go there. It was given to me as a present. Since then, I have bought two copies for friends. The photographs are as beautiful as the writing. A really special book.
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Very accurate and beautiful description and pictures of old Havana. I would like to buy in Spanish from you if available. I have seen it and read it in English but would like to keep it in Spanish. It brings back many pleasant memories of my youth and since Spanish and Cuban is my origen would like to keep it in my native language. Thank you. Pls adv.
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The only review that does justice to this book were the Author's own words, in an interview, when asked about her country, and she said:
"Tengo una passion enfermiza para mi pais" Or " I have an incurable passion for my country"
The book does justice to her words and is the definitive book on the market on Cuba and her Architecture. It is in a class by itself, as was her author. A friend and admirer
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This is an outstanding stroll down memory lane for so many of us Cubans who remember the old Havana. It is also a book that engenders a certain sadness for those of us that know the squalor and deterioration that now exists in the pearl of the Caribbean.
How exquisitely appropriate it is that the late Maria Luisa Lobo Montalvo, daughter of one of the titans of the Cuban sugar industry, had this dream and that her family helped bring it to fruition.
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I have a large collection of books on Cuba and this is by far the best. It is the most beautiful book in my library and is masterfully well done. This book also remains politically neutral which is quite an accomplishment. If you are sick of looking for good books on Cuba only to end up getting the slant of the Cuban government even in photography books, you will enjoy this one. This appears to be the culmination of a lifetime of work for Montalvo. If you only intend to buy one book on Cuba, this is the one. If you only intend to buy one book this year, make it this one.
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Beautiful pictures and writing. The author loves the city and shows it in this book. Makes one want to go there as soon as we "free" U.S. citizens are allowed to. I just hope the actual city lives up to the pictures..
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