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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 Very few people (save a number of Southern Florida politicians) would argue against dropping the ineffective and outdated economic embargo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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El pasatiempo transnacional: Guest Post by Sam Ginsburg

  Hace casi 51 años, Estados Unidos se encontró dentro de una crisis monumental.  El gobierno recibió información sobre una base de misiles soviéticos en Cuba, isla solo 80 millas al sur. Durante 13 días en Octubre de 1962, los norteamericanos vivieron con miedo, siempre al borde del pánico (sentimiento posiblemente similar

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Feliz HemingDay!

  (photo via Brazos Bookstore) Tomorrow (July 21st) is Ernest Hemingway’s 114th birthday. Which means that right now in Key West the annual Hemingway Days festival is going on, highlighted by the world-renowned Sloppy Joe’s Hemingway lookalike contest. If you want to celebrate, but want to stay a little closer

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Happy Hour in Havana

  I’ve written about travel envy before, but I’m feeling it acutely right now, as my friends are off researching, leading study abroad groups and awesome community projects, jetting all over the world and posting the sort of pictures that Megan writes about in this post. All while I’m facing

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Bebo Valdés, 1918 – 2013

  “Even though I’m Cuban, I’m really an American arranger,” he reflected. “Because the way I write has as much to do with American music as it does with Cuban music. And at the same time it has to do with the fugue.” The quote comes from legendary pianist, arranger,

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Pterodáctilo No. 11 Launched!!!

On Friday the Ptero Team launched the «Lost Issue» of Pterodáctilo, this is the online literary, linguistic, and cultural journal for the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin. We held the launch party at Salvation Pizza. The new features of this issue are: the

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