Tropics of History: Cuba Imagined

Greenwood Publishing Group
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This study offers a unique perspective in interpreting the cultural politics of Cuba's complex history through an exploration of the country's literature. The book introduces readers to some of Cuba's most eminent and engaging voices by examining some of the historical tropes put forth by major writers. Drawing on an array of interpretive approaches from mythopoetic analysis to phenomenology, West addresses the work of Nancy Morej�n, Alejo Carpentier, Virgilio Pi�era, Dulce Mar�a Loynaz, Jos� Lezama Lima, and Severo Sarduy. This poetic look at Cuba's rich and turbulent history through the eyes of its writers will be of interest to students and scholars of Latin American history and culture.
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About the author

ALAN WEST is Professor of Spanish at Babson College. A Cuban-born writer, he is author of Being America, Roberto Clemente: A Baseball Legend, and José Martí: Man of Poetry, Soldier of Freedom. His most recent book of poems is the bilingual Dar nombres a la lluvia/Finding Voices in the Rain. West has translated the works of Elena Poniatowska, Luis Rafael Sanchez, Rosario Ferré, and Nancy Morejón.

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Publisher
Greenwood Publishing Group
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Published on
Dec 31, 1997
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Pages
214
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ISBN
9780897893381
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Latin America / General
Literary Collections / Caribbean & Latin American
Literary Criticism / Caribbean & Latin American
Political Science / History & Theory
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Since its U.S. debut a quarter-century ago, this brilliant text has set a new standard for historical scholarship of Latin America. It is also an outstanding political economy, a social and cultural narrative of the highest quality, and perhaps the finest description of primitive capital accumulation since Marx.

Rather than chronology, geography, or political successions, Eduardo Galeano has organized the various facets of Latin American history according to the patterns of five centuries of exploitation. Thus he is concerned with gold and silver, cacao and cotton, rubber and coffee, fruit, hides and wool, petroleum, iron, nickel, manganese, copper, aluminum ore, nitrates, and tin. These are the veins which he traces through the body of the entire continent, up to the Rio Grande and throughout the Caribbean, and all the way to their open ends where they empty into the coffers of wealth in the United States and Europe.

Weaving fact and imagery into a rich tapestry, Galeano fuses scientific analysis with the passions of a plundered and suffering people. An immense gathering of materials is framed with a vigorous style that never falters in its command of themes. All readers interested in great historical, economic, political, and social writing will find a singular analytical achievement, and an overwhelming narrative that makes history speak, unforgettably.

This classic is now further honored by Isabel Allende’s inspiring introduction. Universally recognized as one of the most important writers of our time, Allende once again contributes her talents to literature, to political principles, and to enlightenment.

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