Boston; Bulfinch Press, 2003, 1st edition, 0821228081. Hardcover, oversize oblong 4to, 200pp, fine in a very good plus dust jacket with only the slightest shelf wear. Gift quality. An an honest, balanced portrayal of the complex realities of modern Cuban life as described by 15 different authors and photographed by 15 different photographers. A gorgeous, remarkablea and timely book with an introduction by William Kennedy and an Epilogue by Arthur Miller. Travel discovery Cuba history contemporary life Hispanic culture Cubano Cubans.
Very Good. Very Good-Dust Jacket. Size: Oversize; Very good hardcover in very good-dust jacket. Binding is tight, sturdy, and square; text also very good. Head of spine has a bump that also resulted in a half-inch tear to dust jacket. DJ also has wear to head and heel of spine, including missing the bottom half-inch of jacket on the spine. Due to the size/weight of this book it is not available for expedited delivery; international shipping may cost extra. Ships from Dinkytown in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Fine in Fine jacket. 4to-over 9¾"-12" tall. "This riveting anthology showcases the work of leading Cuban and American writers and photographers and offers unprecedented insight into life in the island today. The richness of these photographs and essays is embraced by an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Kennedy, entitled 'Going to Cuba? ' and the book closes with a historic epilogue titled 'Castro, ' by celebrated playwright Arthur Miller. " This book has 200 pages and is profusely illustrated.
Publishers Weekly, 2003-04-14 As Kennedy explains, this collection of essays and photographs by Cubans, Cubans in exile and interested Americans isn't so much about the politics of Cuba as "the consequence of politics to Cuba." While its structure is simple enough-short essays on themes like spirituality, the new middle class and rural life coupled with sets of photos, introduced by artists' statements-its texture is delightfully varied and idiosyncratic. In playwright Abelardo Estorino's comical "I Smoke Marlboros," a well-meaning gringo, a revolutionary servant and her formerly upper-class employer cross wits. The entry on Cuban music is a pastiche of interviews with stars Chucho Valdes and El Tosco, who both segue seamlessly into politics and history as they discuss music. There are straightforward autobiographical reflections, like Achy Obejas's thoughts on returning to Cuba and being mistaken for an American, and more philosophical meditations, such as Eduardo Rodriguez's essay on being a "casual stroller" through Old Havana's restorations and ruins. The photos following each entry are related thematically, but could stand alone as visual essays. Some, like Kattia Garcia Fayat's "Women in the New Cuba," speak a sensual language, where the subjects' gestures and postures communicate volumes; others, like Manuel Pina's offerings, unpeel time in the falling paint from walls and the frozen dignity of a once elegant parlor. The kaleidoscope of images-Virginia Beahan's breathtakingly empty landscapes, Sylvia Plachy's vibrant urban scenes, Abelardo Morell's haunting camera obscura projections of cityscapes on interiors-will open readers' eyes to a country not so much "third world" as "other world." (May 20) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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