Last Dance in Havana The Final Days of Fidel and the Start of the New Cuban Revolution

ISBN-10: 1416568263
ISBN-13: 9781416568261
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Authors: Eugene Robinson
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 6/27/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

In power for forty-four years and counting, Fidel Castro has done everything possible to define Cuba to the world and to itself -- yet not even he has been able to control the thoughts and dreams of his people. Those thoughts and dreams are the basis for what may become a post-Castro Cuba. To more fully understand the future of America's near neighbor, veteran reporter Eugene Robinson knew exactly where to look -- or rather, to listen. In this provocative work, Robinson takes us on a sweaty, pulsating, and lyrical tour of a country on the verge of revolution, using its musicians as a window into its present and future. Music is the mother's milk of Cuban culture. Cubans express their fondest hopes, their frustrations, even their political dissent, through music. Most Americans think only of salsa and theBuena Vista Social Clubwhen they think of the music of Cuba, yet those styles are but a piece of a broad musical spectrum. Just as the West learned more about China after the Cultural Revolution by watchingFrom Mao to Mozart,so will readers discover the real Cuba -- the living, breathing, dying, yet striving Cuba. Cuban music is both wildly exuberant and achingly melancholy. A thick stew of African and European elements, it is astoundingly rich and influential to have come from such a tiny island. From rap stars who defy the government in their lyrics to violinists and pianists who attend the world's last Soviet-style conservatory to international pop stars who could make millions abroad yet choose to stay and work for peanuts, Robinson introduces us to unforgettable characters who happily bring him into their homes and backstage discussions. Despite Castro's attempts to shut down nightclubs, obstruct artists, and subsidize only what he wants, the musicians and dancers of Cuba cannot stop, much less behave. Cubans move through their complicated lives the way they move on the dance floor, dashing and darting and spinning on a dime, seducing joy and fulfillment and next week's supply of food out of a broken system. Then at night they take to the real dance floors and invent fantastic new steps.Last Dance in Havanais heartwrenching, yet ultimately as joyous and hopeful as a rocking club late on a Saturday night.

EUGENE ROBINSON joined the Washington Post in 1980, where he has served as London bureau chief, foreign editor, and, currently, associate editor and columnist. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, and in 2009, Robinson was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. Disintegration is his third book. From the Hardcover edition.

Introduction: Drum Roll
""These People Dance""
""La Vida Es un Carnaval!""
Fidel-ity
""Eli�n, You Are the Joy of Cuba""
New Beginnings
Rap andRevoluci�n
Music of the Saints
""Look, There's Only One Leader""
The Business
Exiles on Main Street, Havana
""That Song Has Been Suspended""
The Old Man, the Wheelbarrow, and the Bananas
Last Dance in Havana
Appendix: A Listener's Guide to Cuba
Acknowledgments
Index

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