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Dreaming in Cuban: 25th Anniversary Editionby Cristina Garcia Ballantine Booksrandomhousebooks.com Introduction to the 25th Anniversary Edition A quarter century? How is that possible? I remember very well finishing Dreaming in Cuban. It was the fall of 1990 and I was living in a seaside cottage on the windward side of Oahu. My daughter, who would be named[…]

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Three Trapped Tigersby G. Cabrera Infantetranslated by Suzanne Jill Levine Dalkey Archive Pressdalkeyarchive.com “Cabrera Infante’s masterpiece, Three Trapped Tigers is one of the most playful books to reach the U.S. from Cuba. Filled with puns, wordplay, lists upon lists, and Sternean typography—such as the section entitled “Some Revelations,” which consists of several blank pages—this novel[…]

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The Lost Stepsby Alejo Carpentiertranslated by Harriet de Onis University of Minnesota Pressupress.umn.edu The following is an excerpt from the book’s introduction by Timothy Brennan, Professor of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota.  Translated into twenty languages, and published in more than fourteen Spanish editions, The Lost Steps (Los pasos perdidas,[…]

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Cecilia Valdes or El Angel Hillby Cirilo Villaverdetranslated from the Spanish by Helen Lane “Cecilia Valdés is arguably the most important novel of 19th century Cuba. Originally published in New York City in 1882, Cirilo Villaverde’s novel has fascinated readers inside and outside Cuba since the late 19th century. In this new English translation, a[…]

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Ballantine Books ballantinebooks.com Ilan Stavans is the Lewis-Sebring professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. This interview was first aired in November 2001, in a somewhat different form, on the program “Conversations with Ilan Stavans,” on PBS-WGBH.  ILAN STAVANS: Days of Awe, it strikes me, is about the tension between public and[…]

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Nowhere Man by Miguel Mejides “Miguel Mejides is a Cuban novelist and storyteller who has been recognized as a major voice in Cuban literature.” —Brown University Akashic Books There are people who need to go against the grain but I’m not going against anything. Perhaps everything stems from the great handicap which life has given[…]

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my self-publishing journey In my previous column I noted how a single promotional site—Bookbub—helped set up the launch of my second book (Tommy Black and the Coat of Invincibility) by powering over 13,000 free downloads of book one (Tommy Black and the Staff of Light). In this column, I want to talk about free. Free as[…]

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Reading John Cheever’s “The Swimmer” by Charles May may-on-the-short-story.blogspot.com Two of John Cheever’s best known early stories, “Torch Song” and “The Enormous Radio,” are outright fantasies. Later stories, such as “O Youth and Beauty” and “The Country Husband,” are more realistic treatments of middle-aged men trying to hold on to youth and some meaningful place in[…]

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