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Cuba in Mind: An Anthology

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In a thoughtful collection of perspectives on the nation of Cuba, writers from Ernest Hemingway to Allen Ginsberg to Cristina Garcia present their views in selections ranging from baseball and beaches, to history, culture, and politics.
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Publisher Comments:

Since Columbus arrived in 1492 and called Cuba “the most beautiful country that human eyes have ever seen,” few places on earth have evoked such passion. The thirty-one writers in Cuba in Mind offer ample proof of the fascinations that have lured generations of travelers.

In this richly varied anthology of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, we hear from such famous visitors as Anthony Trollope, Langston Hughes, Ernest Hemingway, and Graham Greene. Poets and journalists offer their responses, from Allen Ginsberg and Jayne Cortez to Alma Guillermoprieto and Robert Stone; and novelists weigh in with such fictional portrayals as Elmore Leonard’s Cuba Libre and Pico Iyer’s Cuba and the Night. Cuban exiles, immigrants, and their offspring provide their unique perspective, from Cristina García’s essay “Simple Life” to excerpts from Oscar Hijuelos’s novel The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love and from Carlos Eire’s memoir Waiting for Snow in Havana. Embracing salsa and santeria, politics and baseball, the island’s sparkling beaches and the teeming Havana streets, Cuba in Mind captures the vibrancy, the contradictions, the heat and the humor of Cuba as shown by some of the best writers in the English language.

Contributors:
Thomas Barbour • José Barreiro • Ruth Behar • William Cullen Bryant • Jayne Cortez • Stephen Crane • Andrei Codrescu • Eleanor Early • Carlos Eire • Kimi Eisele • Cristina García • Allen Ginsberg • Graham Greene • Alma Guillermoprieto • Elizabeth Hanly • Ernest Hemingway • Consuelo Hermer • Oscar Hijuelos • Langston Hughes • Pico Iyer • Elmore Leonard • Rosa Lowinger • Marjorie May • Tom Miller • Holly Morris • Ricardo Pau-Llosa • Robert Stone • Jim Shepard • Isadora Tattlin • Anthony Trollope • Walter D. Wilcox

Synopsis:

Poems, stories, and nonfiction pieces celebrating the complex entity that is Cuba. Contributions include work by Hemingway, Graham Greene, Allen Ginsberg, Pico Eyer, Oscar Hijuelos — and even Anthony Trollope.

About the Author

While teaching in the English Department at Hunter College of the City University of New York, Maria Finn Domìnguez designed and taught a writing course for CUNY students at Casa de las Americas in Havana, Cuba. She works as a freelance writer and has written for, among many others, the New York Times, Audubon Magazine, and the Anchorage Daily News, and she has been a commentator for Alaska Public Radio. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and has published literary work in magazines such as The Chicago Review, New Letters, and Exquisite Corpse. She has lived and worked in Alaska, Guatemala, and Spain, and traveled extensively throughout Latin America. She and her husband, Rafael Dominguez, met in Havana, Cuba. They now live in Brooklyn, New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Travelers

Anthony Trollope

from The West Indies and the Spanish Main

William Cullen Bryant

“Letter XLVIII” from Letters of a Traveller

Walter D. Wilcox

“Among the Mahogany Forests of Cuba”

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Eleanor Early

from Ports of the Sun

Consuelo Hermer and Marjorie May

from Havana Mañana: A Guide to Cuba and the Cubans

Robert Stone

“Havana Then and Now”

Alma Guillermoprieto

from Looking for History: Dispatches from Latin America

Andrei Codrescu

from Ay, Cuba!

Kimi Eisele

“The Flesh, the Bones, and the Beating Heart”

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Expatriates, Real and Imagined

Elmore Leonard

from Cuba Libre

Stephen Crane

“The Clan of No-Name”

Graham Greene

from Our Man in Havana

Ernest Hemingway

from “The Great Blue River”

Jim Shepard

“Batting Against Castro”

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Isadora Tattlin

from Cuba Diaries: An American Housewife in Havana

Aficionados

Langston Hughes

“Havana Nights”

Jayne Cortez

“Visita” and “In 1985 I Met Nicolás Guillén”

Allen Ginsberg

from an interview with Allen Young in Gay Sunshine

Elizabeth Hanly

“Santería: An Alternative Pulse”

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Pico Iyer

from Cuba and the Night

Tom Miller

from Trading with the Enemy: A Yankee Travels Through Castros Cuba

Holly Morris

“Adventure Divas”

Thomas Barbour

from A Naturalist in Cuba

Exiles, Immigrants, and Their Offspring

Oscar Hijuelos

from The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

Ruth Behar

“In the Absence of Love”

Cristina García

“Simple Life”

Carlos Eire

“Trece” from Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy

Ricardo Pau-Llosa

“Charada China”

Rosa Lowinger

“Repairing Things”

José Barriero

from The Indian Chronicles

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400076130
Editor:
Dominguez, Maria Finn
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Editor:
Dominguez, Maria Finn
Edited by:
Maria Finn Dominguez
Author:
Edited and with an Introduction by Maria Finn Dominguez
Author:
Dominguez, Maria Finn
Location:
New York
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies
Subject:
American literature
Subject:
Cuba
Subject:
British
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
English literature
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Travel : Caribbean & West Indies
Subject:
Travel-Caribbean
Subject:
FICTION / Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Essays
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Departures Original
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
June 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.04x5.22x.64 in. .52 lbs.

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In a thoughtful collection of perspectives on the nation of Cuba, writers from Ernest Hemingway to Allen Ginsberg to Cristina Garcia present their views in selections ranging from baseball and beaches, to history, culture, and politics.

"Synopsis" by , Poems, stories, and nonfiction pieces celebrating the complex entity that is Cuba. Contributions include work by Hemingway, Graham Greene, Allen Ginsberg, Pico Eyer, Oscar Hijuelos — and even Anthony Trollope.
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