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In To Change the World, the legendary writer and poet Margaret Randall chronicles her decade in Cuba from 1969 to 1980. Both a highly personal memoir and an examination of the revolution's great achievements and painful mistakes, the book paints a portrait of the island during a difficult, dramatic, and exciting time.

Randall gives readers an inside look at her children's education, the process through which new law was enacted, the ins and outs of healthcare, employment, internationalism, culture, and ordinary people's lives. She explores issues of censorship and repression, describing how Cuban writers and artists faced them. She recounts one of the country's last beauty pageants, shows us a night of People's Court, and takes us with her when she shops for her family's food rations. Key figures of the revolution appear throughout, and Randall reveals aspects of their lives never before seen.

More than fifty black and white photographs, most by the author, add depth and richness to this astute and illuminating memoir. Written with a poet's ear, depicted with a photographer's eye, and filled with a feminist vision, To Change the Worldùneither an apology nor gratuitous attackùadds immensely to the existing literature on revolutionary Cuba.

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In To Change the World, the legendary writer and poet Margaret Randall chronicles her decade in Cuba from 1969 to 1980.Randall gives readers an inside look at her children’s education, the process through which new law was enacted, the ins and outs of healthcare, employment, internationalism, culture, and ordinary people’s lives.

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Margaret Randall is an award-winning feminist poet, photographer, and social activist with more than eighty published books to her credit, such as Stones Witness and When I Look into the Mirror and See You (Rutgers University Press). She and her family lived in Cuba from 1969 to 1980. Randall's previous works on Cuba include Cuban Women Now, Cuban Women Twenty Years Later, and Breaking the Silences: 20th Century Poetry by Cuban Women.

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jsokolower, October 1, 2009 (view all comments by jsokolower)
This is a fascinating, thought-provoking memoir by one of our most important oral historians and political thinkers. Randall takes us on an incredible journey as she is forced to leave Mexico in the wake of the 1968 massacre and lands in Cuba with her young children as an idealistic young poet, writer and revolutionary activist. Her descriptions of the strengths and weaknesses of the Cuban revolution through the 1970s, and her own efforts to balance activism and motherhood, artistic freedom and political responsibility, make this a page-turner for Powell readers.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780813544328
Author:
Randall, Margaret
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Cuba - History - 1959-1990
Subject:
Cuba Description and travel.
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Travel-Caribbean
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20090131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 0.94 lb

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In To Change the World, the legendary writer and poet Margaret Randall chronicles her decade in Cuba from 1969 to 1980.Randall gives readers an inside look at her children’s education, the process through which new law was enacted, the ins and outs of healthcare, employment, internationalism, culture, and ordinary people’s lives.

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