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Dancing with Cuba

Dancing with Cuba

A Memoir of the Revolution

  • Author: Alma Guillermoprieto
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 0307425444
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 304
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In 1970 a young dancer named Alma Guillermoprieto left New York to take a job teaching at Cuba’s National School of Dance. For six months, she worked in mirrorless studios (it was considered more revolutionary); her poorly trained but ardent students worked without them but dreamt of greatness. Yet in the midst of chronic shortages and revolutionary upheaval, Guillermoprieto found in Cuba a people whose sense of purpose touched her forever. In this electrifying memoir, Guillermoprieto–now an award-winning journalist and arguably one of our finest writers on Latin America– resurrects a time when dancers and revolutionaries seemed to occupy the same historical stage and even a floor exercise could be a profoundly political act. Exuberant and elegiac, tender and unsparing, Dancing with Cuba is a triumph of memory and feeling. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Dancing with Shadows

Dancing with Shadows

  • Author: Shiraz Pradhan
  • Publisher: Partridge Publishing
  • ISBN: 1482835959
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 342
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From East Africa of 1950s/60s comes this cleverly crafted story set against the backdrop of Hollywood and Bollywood films. Pictures that had the dances of Helen, the dance queen of Bollywood were box office hits. We fought to get the closest seat to the screen in the third class . . . because our eternal hope was that when Helen did her dance whirls and her umbrella skirt fanned out we would be able to see her naked legs. Alas, Indian heroines wore baggy pantaloons underneath, unlike Marilyn Monroe in Some like it Hot. Dancing with Shadows will touch every heart that has tasted the elixir of love and faced its challenges. The weekly visits to local cinemas to watch the latest releases of romantic pictures satiated the emotional highs of love often denied in real life by restrictive social norms. Where are the narrators escapades to the cinema and his recurring dreams leading him to? His journey will bring into sharp focus the alchemy of love that is at work in every heart.

All You Need is Love

All You Need is Love

  • Author: Carole Matthews
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 1405523743
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 416
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Single mum and all-round superwoman Sally Freeman wants a better life for herself and her son Charlie so she sets about improving things for them. Just as her mission begins, enter Spencer Knight who's offering Sally a ticket to a new life. He's got the looks, the charm - everything she could wish for. But is he really the answer to her prayers or does her hapless ex-boyfriend Johnny still hold the key to her heart?

Hispanic New York

Hispanic New York

A Sourcebook

  • Author: Claudio Iván Remeseira
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 023151977X
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 576
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Over the past few decades, a wave of immigration has turned New York into a microcosm of the Americas and enhanced its role as the crossroads of the English- and Spanish-speaking worlds. Yet far from being an alien group within a "mainstream" and supposedly pure "Anglo" America, people referred to as Hispanics or Latinos have been part and parcel of New York since the beginning of the city's history. They represent what Walt Whitman once celebrated as "the Spanish element of our nationality." Hispanic New York is the first anthology to offer a comprehensive view of this multifaceted heritage. Combining familiar materials with other selections that are either out of print or not easily accessible, Claudio Iván Remeseira makes a compelling case for New York as a paradigm of the country's Latinoization. His anthology mixes primary sources with scholarly and journalistic essays on history, demography, racial and ethnic studies, music, art history, literature, linguistics, and religion, and the authors range from historical figures, such as José Martí, Bernardo Vega, or Whitman himself, to contemporary writers, such as Paul Berman, Ed Morales, Virginia Sánchez Korrol, Roberto Suro, and Ana Celia Zentella. This unique volume treats the reader to both the New York and the American experience, as reflected and transformed by its Hispanic and Latino components.

Waking up in Cuba

Waking up in Cuba

  • Author: Stephen Foehr
  • Publisher: Sanctuary Publishing
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 271
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The author takes readers on a rich journey through the history of Cuba in search of the roots and influences of the island's unique music, interviewing musicians, religious leaders, and ordinary Cubans to find answers to his most interesting questions. Original.

Telex from Cuba

Telex from Cuba

A Novel

  • Author: Rachel Kushner
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 9781416561149
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 320
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Finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction The debut novel by New York Times bestselling author Rachel Kushner, called “shimmering” (The New Yorker), “multilayered and absorbing” (The New York Times Book Review), and “gorgeously written” (Kirkus Reviews). Young Everly Lederer and K.C. Stites come of age in Oriente Province, where the Americans tend their own fiefdom—three hundred thousand acres of United Fruit Company sugarcane that surround their gated enclave. If the rural tropics are a child's dreamworld, Everly and K.C. nevertheless have keen eyes for the indulgences and betrayals of the grown-ups around them—the mordant drinking and illicit loves, the race hierarchies and violence. In Havana, a thousand kilometers and a world away from the American colony, a cabaret dancer meets a French agitator named Christian de La Mazière, whose seductive demeanor can't mask his shameful past. Together they become enmeshed in the brewing political underground. When Fidel and Raúl Castro lead a revolt from the mountains above the cane plantation, torching the sugar and kidnapping a boat full of "yanqui" revelers, K.C. and Everly begin to discover the brutality that keeps the colony humming. Though their parents remain blissfully untouched by the forces of history, the children hear the whispers of what is to come. Kushner's first novel is a tour de force, haunting and compelling, with the urgency of a telex from a forgotten time and place.

From Cuba with Love

From Cuba with Love

Recipes and Memories

  • Author: Ramona V. Abella
  • Publisher: iUniverse
  • ISBN: 0595276334
  • Category: Cooking
  • Page: 216
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This is Cuban food in its proper context. Let Cuban-born author and experienced chef Ramona Abella take you on a multilevel tour of her homeland. Learn about the roots of Cuban cuisine within the framework of the culture, humor, and psychology of her people. You will find this collection of family pictures and anecdotes to be as interesting, digestible, and satisfying as their favorite dishes. And the recipes--from delicious appetizers to fantastic desserts--all graced with a Cuban accent, will bring you pleasure and give you a glimpse into the heart of the Cuban experience.

Cuba

Cuba

True Stories

  • Author: Tom Miller
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales
  • ISBN: 1932361103
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 295
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In this collection of essays, the essence of Cuba's intriguing past and vibrant present is captured, including Dave Eggers's essay on hitchhikers, Patrick Symmes's search for Che Guevara, and other works by Stephen Benz, Ruth Behar, Eliseo Alberto, and others. Original.

Dancing with Alzheimer's

Dancing with Alzheimer's

  • Author: Dolores Attias
  • Publisher: iUniverse
  • ISBN: 0595373518
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 208
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One woman finds her identity while caring for another who's rapidly losing hers. After leaving her wealthy, dictatorial husband, Lolita Rimblas is deeply in debt and searching for a job for the first time in her life. When she is offered the position of companion to a former dancer struggling with the first stages of Alzheimer's, she apprehensively accepts. Her first weeks on the job are a chaotic nightmare, as she endures the insults, bizarre rituals and erratic and often embarrassing behavior of the autocratic Mrs. Elizabeth "Betty" Bromley. Though Lolita initially takes offense at Betty's behavior, she begins to learn more about the disease and the way in which it is ravaging her employer's mind. As she inures herself to the daily onslaught, she develops methods for anticipating and preventing outbursts. She also learns to make the most of Betty's limited moments of lucidity, instilling in the diseased woman's mind a sense of love and safety that Alzheimer's cannot erase. Their relationship proves to be therapeutic for Lolita as well; the similarities between Betty's personality and Lolita's husband's cause the caretaker to reflect on her own past, enabling her to heal the emotional wounds of her troubled marriage. The author presents a vivid, loving portrait of the debilitating effects of Alzheimer's disease, conveyed by the force of Betty's character. Those who are caring or have cared for someone with Alzheimer's will recognize not only the peculiar behavior of the afflicted, but the intense, conflicting and often ugly emotions that the disease elicits from caretakers as well. An emotional novel of lost love and painful memories.

Back to Cuba

Back to Cuba

The Return of the Butterflies

  • Author: Elio F. Beltran
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • ISBN: 9781462825646
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 374
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Xlibris, the leading print-on-demand self-publishing services provider, announced today the release of a new special edition of Back to Cuba: The Return of the Butterflies, an engaging book written by multi-awarded authored Elio F. Beltran. The text tells a story that evolves around real personalities of the process including a brief revealing encounter with the then student leader Fidel Castro. Readers will meet Michael, the protagonist chosen by the author for this true story that in itself goes beyond an apparent fictional novel to become not only the love story that it is, but brings fresh insight into the contemporary history of Cuba in spite of the fact that, as the author have said, he has not intended to write neither a political nor a history book. He nonetheless develops into the life within the process, as a participant first, including peripheral accounts of guerilla warfare, and his life as an exiled artist in the United States. After forty-two years of his exile, he reaches a poignant decision of going back to Cuba to witness the dramatic changes of places and people that he can barely recognize after all the years. His exploits will also give readers provocative insight about the contemporary dilemma of the Cuban exile community as well as the challenges confronting the new US government of Barack Obama. With the recent developments on both the United States and Cuba, Back to Cuba: The Return of the Butterflies is easily the most timely book to read. In light of policy changes from both nations, this book clearly defines how much has changed.

Cuba and the Night

Cuba and the Night

A Novel

  • Author: Pico Iyer
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 0307764648
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 256
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Having captivated readers with such gems of travel writing as Video Night in Kathmandu, Pico Iyer now presents a novel whose central character is another place: the melancholy, ebullient, and dazzlingly inconsistent island that is Castro's Cuba. "On almost every page you can smell the dust, the cheap perfume and the rum of Havana today, or better still, tonight."--Los Angeles Times. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Dancing to "Almendra"

Dancing to

A Novel

  • Author: Mayra Montero
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • ISBN: 9780374707668
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 272
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Havana, 1957. On the same day that the Mafia capo Umberto Anastasia is assassinated in a barber's chair in New York, a hippopotamus escapes from the Havana zoo and is shot and killed by its pursuers. Assigned to cover the zoo story, Joaquín Porrata, a young Cuban journalist, instead finds himself embroiled in the mysterious connections between the hippo's death and the mobster's when a secretive zookeeper whispers to him that he "knows too much." In exchange for a promise to introduce the keeper to his idol, the film star George Raft, now the host of the Capri Casino, Joaquín gets information that ensnares him in an ever-thickening plot of murder, mobsters, and, finally, love. The love story is, of course, another mystery. Told by Yolanda, a beautiful ex-circus performer now working for the famed cabaret San Souci, it interleaves through Joaquín's underworld investigations, eventually revealing a family secret deeper even than Havana's brilliantly evoked enigmas. In Dancing to "Almendra," Mayra Montero has created an ardent and thrilling tale of innocence lost, of Havana's secret world that is "the basis for the clamor of the city," and of the end of a violent era of fantastic characters and extravagant crimes. Based on the true history of a bewitching city and its denizens, Almendra is the latest "triumph" (Library Journal) from one of Latin America's most impassioned and intoxicating voices.

This Way Cuba

This Way Cuba

  • Author: Jack Altman
  • Publisher: Hunter Publishing, Inc
  • ISBN: 9782884520874
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 80
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Cuba rhymes with revolution, rum and havanas. Its pristine beaches hold a magnetic appeal, but Cuba's best asset is the people -- lively, imaginative and cheerful. Music and dance are everywhere, and visitors are soon seduced into relaxing and joining in the party. From the faded charm of Havana to first-class resorts, from tobacco lands to old colonial towns, This Way Cuba explores every facet of this colourful Caribbean Island.

Schwarzer Rücken der Zeit

Schwarzer Rücken der Zeit

  • Author: Javier Marías
  • Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
  • ISBN: 3104019983
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 368
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Als 1991 der Campusroman ›Alle Seelen‹ erschien, in dem Marías seine Zeit an der Oxforder Universität beschreibt, beschwerten sich Professoren und andere Kollegen, falsch oder gar nicht dargestellt worden zu sein. Daraufhin schrieb Javier Marías das Buch ›Schwarzer Rücken der Zeit‹, eine Art Werkstattbericht. Und während wir Marías noch beim Schreiben über die Schulter schauen, sind wir schon mittendrin in einem faszinierenden Vexierspiel von Dichtung und Wahrheit. Wenn wir anfangen, unser Leben zu erzählen, ist es schon Fiktion. Das ist die wunderbare Schwebe, in der uns der aufregendste Erzähler Spaniens hält.

Contemporary Dance in Cuba

Contemporary Dance in Cuba

Técnica Cubana as Revolutionary Movement

  • Author: Suki John
  • Publisher: McFarland
  • ISBN: 0786493259
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 231
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The lens of dance can provide a multifaceted view of the present-day Cuban experience. Cuban contemporary dance, or técnica cubana as it is known throughout Latin America, is a highly evolved hybrid of ballet, North American modern dance, Afro-Cuban tradition, flamenco and Cuban nightclub cabaret. Unlike most dance forms, técnica was created intentionally with government backing. For Cuba, a dancing country, it was natural—and highly effective—for the Revolutionary regime to link national image with the visceral power of dance. Written by a dancer who traveled and worked in Cuba from the 1970s to the present, this book provides an inside look at daily life in Cuba. From watching the great Alicia Alonso, to describing the economic trials of the 1990s “Special Period,” the author uses history, humor, personal experience, rich description and extensive interviews to reveal contemporary life and dance in Cuba.

She is Cuba

She is Cuba

A Genealogy of the Mulata Body

  • Author: Melissa Blanco Borelli
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199968195
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 288
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She is Cuba: A Genealogy of the Mulata Body traces the history of the Cuban mulata and her association with hips, sensuality and popular dance. It examines how the mulata choreographs her racialised identity through her hips and enacts an embodied theory called hip(g)nosis. By focusing on her living and dancing body in order to flesh out the process of identity formation, this book makes a claim for how subaltern bodies negotiate a cultural identity that continues to mark their bodies on a daily basis. Combining literary and personal narratives with historical and theoretical accounts of Cuban popular dance history, religiosity and culture, this work investigates the power of embodied exchanges: bodies watching, looking, touching and dancing with one another. It sets up a genealogy of how the representations and venerations of the dancing mulata continue to circulate and participate in the volatile political and social economy of contemporary Cuba.

Queens of Havana

Queens of Havana

The Amazing Adventures of Anacaona, Cuba's Legendary All-Girl Dance Band

  • Author: Alicia Castro,Ingrid Kummels,Manfred Schäfer
  • Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
  • ISBN: 0802199100
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 400
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The 1930s saw Havana undergoing a seismic cultural renaissance. At night in the aires libres (open air cafes), tourists and foreign investors rubbed shoulders with the likes of Ernest Hemingway as they sipped cocktails, cavorted with Cuban beauties, and listened to suggestive melodies from Havana’s unmatched musical community. It was rare for women to attend, and unheard of for them to perform. But when greengrocer Matias Castro, father of thirteen, goes bankrupt, his eldest daughter has the idea of starting an all-girl band with her sisters an outrageous idea in macho Cuba, but a surefire money maker. Every evening, as the rum began to flow, Anacaona took to the stage to let rip jazz, mambo, rumba, and cha-cha their infectious rhythms, cheeky lyrics, and sheer sex appeal conquer their audiences’ hearts. In this evocative memoir, saxophonist Alicia Castro, now in her eighties, looks back on the Havana of yesterday and the dazzling career of the dance band, from concerts in Paris and New York, to appearances with Dizzy Gillespie, Celia Cruz, Duke Ellington, and Cab Calloway. Spirited and conversational, Queens of Havana is a touching piece of hidden history guaranteed to set your heart racing and get your toes tapping!

Alex la Guma

Alex la Guma

A Literary & Political Biography

  • Author: Blanche La Guma,Martin Klammer
  • Publisher: Jacana Media
  • ISBN: 1770098887
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 258
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During the struggle to end apartheid, Blanche La Guma led a complex and demanding life as a nurse-midwife by day and underground activist--within a clandestine Communist cell--by night. Harassed, banned, and at one time imprisoned, Blanche worked tirelessly to support her family in Cape Town while providing safe houses for anti-apartheid leaders, such as Walter Sisulu and Govan Mbeki. Forced into exile in 1966, Blanche continued the fight for justice in London and, later, in Havana, where she mentored hundreds of African National Congress students sent to Cuba after the 1976 Soweto Uprising. This rare firsthand account chronicles Blanche’s life as a South African exile in Fidel Castro’s Cuba, traveling through the Communist world at large, and finally returning to her country with dignity and freedom.