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For assessments of the Cuban Revolution and Cuba’s political situation in the wider world, popular recent accounts include Samuel Farber’s book. His critical evaluation comes from a democratic socialist viewpoint. His account is critical, yet sympathetic, and lies very much in the middle between those held by the enemies and apologists of the Cuban government.
Sweig frames her book in a question-and-answer format. Also a critical, yet sympathetic, account, her book lies very much in the middle between those held by the enemies and apologists of the Cuban government.
An engaging, witty account of the people, customs, food, and culture of Cuba framed by a fascinating approach to travel. With only a folding bicycle and a towable suitcase, Australian Lynette Chiang spent three months touring Cuba, eshewing tourist hotels and typical iteneraries in favor of an unpredictable day-to-day existence among ordinary citizens. (From the publisher)
Rosa Jordan introduces readers to Cubans in all walks of life, people whom she has met during travels around the island by bike, bus, plane, train, truck, and car. Familiar places like Havana and Varadero are viewed from unfamiliar angles and serve as starting points for adventures that began in 1996 and continue into the future. (From the Publisher)
For a collection of readings there is this heavy weight 723 page volume, the Cuban entry in the excellent Duke University Press “Latin American Readers” series of documentary histories. It covers Cuban history far back before 1959.
A more current focus comes from this book, which features primarily foreign, mostly American, writers (e.g., Paco Ignacio Taibo II, Christopher Hitchens) on a variety of topics.
Cuba: Holguin, Santiago de Cuba, and Havana
There has been plenty to read about Cuba ever since getting there became more difficult for Americans. Here are a few suggestions of works published in the new century that can provide some context for the first-time visitor.
This volume features previously unphotographed, but noteworthy midcentury architecture and interiors in Havana. The photographs, show examples from the Vedado neighborhood, the streets of Miramar, Central Havana, and Havana's Country Club Park area.
Interpreting the present in light of the past, eleven renowned architects, historians, scholars, preservationists, and urban planners in Cuba and the United States provide a rigorous examination of Havana old and new that provokes exploration of the ways we look at all cities. (From the publisher)
Old Havana: Spirit of the Living City captures the architecture, people, and daily life of La Habana Vieja (Old Havana) through the lenses of two visionary photographers and colleagues, one American and the other Cuban. The photographer-authors document features of the oldest quarter in Cuba's capital city.
Profiles of fifty artists over fifty years, telling the story of modern Cuba through visual art the recent loosening of the U.S. embargo and Castro's opening up of state-regulated tourism has yielded a flurry of student programs, professional conferences, books, movies, and general enthusiasm in this country for all things Cuban. (From the Publisher)
Call Number: Van Pelt Library PS3558.I376 Z46 2011
Publication Date: 2011
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, Hijuelos, writes about the people and places that have influenced his life and, in turn, his literature. Hijuelos visits Holguín in the 1950s with his family and compares it to Havana.
In September 2012, in the area of Gibara, north of the province of Holguín, new pictographs and petroglyphs were found in two caves there: the Curva de la Campana cave, and the Los Panaderos cave. In the first, a pictogram had been reported some years back by the speleological group Felipe Poey, and now, with the recent studies carried out in said cave, seven new paintings were located, in addition to two petroglyphs. In the second cave no rock art had been found before, so this is a new locality.
Cuban Landscapes explores streetscapes, fields, beaches, rural settlements; artifacts of commerce; government buildings, and national landmarks. Holguín and Santiago de Cuba are featured along with other regions of Cuba.