Waiting for Snow in Havana Confessions of a Cuban Boy

ISBN-10: 0743246411
ISBN-13: 9780743246415
Edition: 2003
Authors: Carlos Eire
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Description: "Have mercy on me, Lord, I am Cuban." In 1962, Carlos Eire was one of 14,000 children airlifted out of Cuba -- exiled from his family, his country, and his own childhood by the revolution. The memories of Carlos's life in Havana, cut short when he  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 1/13/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

"Have mercy on me, Lord, I am Cuban." In 1962, Carlos Eire was one of 14,000 children airlifted out of Cuba -- exiled from his family, his country, and his own childhood by the revolution. The memories of Carlos's life in Havana, cut short when he was just eleven years old, are at the heart of this stunning, evocative, and unforgettable memoir. Waiting for Snow in Havana is both an exorcism and an ode to a paradise lost. For the Cuba of Carlos's youth -- with its lizards and turquoise seas and sun-drenched siestas -- becomes an island of condemnation once a cigar-smoking guerrilla named Fidel Castro ousts President Batista on January 1, 1959. Suddenly the music in the streets sounds like gunfire. Christmas is made illegal, political dissent leads to imprisonment, and too many of Carlos's friends are leaving Cuba for a place as far away and unthinkable as the United States. Carlos will end up there, too, and fulfill his mother's dreams by becoming a modern American man -- even if his soul remains in the country he left behind. Narrated with the urgency of a confession, Waiting for Snow in Havana is a eulogy for a native land and a loving testament to the collective spirit of Cubans everywhere.

Carlos Eire is the author of the memoirs "Waiting for Snow in Havana", which won the National Book Award for nonfiction in 2003, and "Learning to Die in Miami". His other books include "War Against the Idols" and "From Madrid to Purgatory". He is the Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies at Yale University.

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