Havana: Autobiography of a City

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-03-18
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

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In this celebrated book, Alfredo Jose Estrada paints a captivating portrait of the history of Cuba's capital-from its founding by conquistadors in 1519 to Fidel Castro's declining years. He portrays the adventurers and dreamers who left their mark on Havana, such as explorer Hernando de Soto, poet-revolutionary Jose Marti, and Wifredo Lam, the avant-garde painter befriended by Picasso. Havana: Autobiography of a City is a hauntingly personal account of a love affair with a city, as well as an entertaining portrait of a place not easily forgotten. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Alfredo José Estrada was the editor-in-chief of Vista magazine, which is distributed in over thirty newspapers and is the largest publication for U.S. Hispanics in the country. Born in Havana and educated at Harvard, he lives in Austin, Texas. 

Table of Contents

Illustrationsp. ix
Chronology of Havana, 1492 to 2006p. 1
Preface: Return to Havanap. 5
Hatuey's Revengep. 19
The Exterminating Angelp. 35
The Time of the Mameyesp. 53
Don Tabaco and Dona Azucarp. 69
Priests and Poetsp. 97
The Apostle of Freedomp. 113
Remembering the Mainep. 131
Republic of Rumbap. 155
Hemingway's Ghostp. 185
Havana Nightsp. 205
Che's Revolutionp. 223
Adios, Havanap. 245
Notesp. 259
Indexp. 269
Acknowledgmentsp. 277
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