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The Island of Cundeamor (Discoveries)by Rene Vazquez Diaz
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Fiction. Latino/Latina Studies. Rene Vazquez Diaz is considered one of the most gifted Cuban writers in exile. Born in Cuba in 1952, he followed his literary bent and requested asylum in Sweden, where he would begin a new life. This bracingly bitter novel is set in an eponymous fictional territory...where Cuban emigres fall in and out of love and trouble...The briskly sketched characters...provide many lively moments, and make this bubbly little anatomy of engendered machismo, feminine revolt, and measured degrees of freedom an irreverent and thought-provoking delight — Kirkus Reviews. Translated by David E. Davis.
A Cuban woman living in Miami creates a colorful cast of characters deposited from Cuba onto her imagined island of Cundeamor, united by a collective search for home and belonging. Aunt Ulalume narrates the inhabitant's stories that are in turns dark and sarcastic or lively and witty, and focus on such island staples as the desultory crab sculptures of Nicotiano, Betty Boop's mission to find a new life partner, and the band of militant guards surrounding Ula's Finnish husband.
The Island of Cundeamor is an invention created by its narrator, Aunt Ula, a native of Cuba living in Miami Beach. She is writing, as well as existing in, a story full of characters living on this imaginary island: a utopian Cuba.<P>"Like a Russian doll, one story opens onto another, and another and another; each one containing pieces of the truth...a beautiful, entertaining, sarcastic, imaginative, demystifying, and belligerent novel that, once finished, is put into the last empty bottle of rum and thrown into the ocean." — Vanguardia
About the Author
Rene Vazquez Diaz is a Swedish-Cuban writer, translator and journalist who won Radio France Internationale's Juan Rulfo Award in 2007. He has published eight novels, essays and poetry, including WELCOME TO MIAMI, DOCTOR LEAL and THE ISLAND OF CUNDEAMOR.
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