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Book Review: The Year 200

The Year 200 by Agustín de Rojas Translated by Nick Caistor and Hebe Powell Published July 12, 2016 Restless Books There’s a reason that Agustín de Rojas is described as the grandfather of Cuban science fiction. I read all 500+ pages of The Year 200, in an excellent new English translation by Nick

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Book Review: A Planet for Rent

As recently as a decade ago, a story of a plane carrying the US’s first African-American President setting down in Cuba for an official visit would have been written off as science fiction. Now that the impossible has been proven possible, the onus is back on speculative fiction writers to continue pushing the limits

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Brave New Habana?

Since the announcement of the first steps towards the normalization of relations between the US and Cuba, every so often notes of «progress» have made their way into the news. Very few people (save a number of Southern Florida politicians) would argue against dropping the ineffective and outdated economic embargo

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Reading with Cuban Poet and Essayist Victor Fowler Calzada

Friday, October 9th from 5:30-7:00pm in BEN 2.104 the award winning Cuban poet and essayist Victor Fowler Calzada will conduct a reading from his works. Víctor Fowler Calzada is one of the most influential poets and intellectuals writing in Cuba today.  The author of ten books of poetry and five

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Cuba, Cars and Cultural Tourism

Back in 2012, while still dealing with the mental processing that comes after a research trip, I found myself in the backyard of a Brooklyn bar, re-acclimating myself to the familiar faces around me.  When the topic of my work in La Habana came up, a friend-of-a-friend asked me a

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