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Ay, Cuba! : a socio-erotic journey

Author: Andrei Codrescu; David Graham
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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During a Historic visit to Cuba - on the eve of Pope John Paul ll's own trip - National Public Radio's Andrei Codrescu and photographer David Graham turned an unsparing but compassionate gaze upon Cuba. Registering the architecture, the bizarre two-tier economy of peso and dollar, the revivals of both Catholicism and the Afro-Cuban religion of santeria, and the sexual and social mores of a post-cold war communist
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Named Person: Andrei Codrescu; Andrei Codrescu; Andrei Codrescu
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrei Codrescu; David Graham
ISBN: 0312198310 9780312198312
OCLC Number: 39786784
Notes: "Parts of this book ... were first broadcast on National Public Radio's All things considered in Jan. 1998. Other portions appeared in ... Life magazine, Aug. 1998, and in The New York Times Sunday magazine, Feb. 1, 1998"--Title page verso.
Description: 206 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm
Contents: Cuba on my mind --
"Why are you going to Cuba?" --
In transit --
In the air --
Havana --
Day one: "Underage fusion brought me this far" --
Day two: "Twitch: so little or too long, amigo" --
Day three: "This corpse is called La Lucha" --
Day four: "I was in arrears to my bad persona" --
Day five: "The proletariat was thoroughly eroticized" --
Day six --
Day seven: "Almost Persian at 15,000 meters" --
Day eight: "Today Castro declared Christmas legal" --
Day nine: A day without a corpse --
Day ten: "The dictatorship of the proletariat has collapsed" --
Day eleven: Pilgrimage and penance --
Day twelve: "Ravens for the forklift."
Responsibility: Andrei Codrescu ; photographs by David Graham.

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During a Historic visit to Cuba - on the eve of Pope John Paul ll's own trip - National Public Radio's Andrei Codrescu and photographer David Graham turned an unsparing but compassionate gaze upon Cuba. Registering the architecture, the bizarre two-tier economy of peso and dollar, the revivals of both Catholicism and the Afro-Cuban religion of santeria, and the sexual and social mores of a post-cold war communist society, Codrescu's words and Graham's photographs offer a vision of Cuba's brutally stark and sometimes-tragic reality, as seen through the fascinating prism of Codrescu's own eccentric genius.

Through interviews with Cuban architects, writers, hustlers, prostitutes, and common working folk, Ay, Cuba! reveals a passionate society deeply in conflict with itself. This is not a cold, cross-sectioned study of Cuba, but rather a highly personal, human portrait of a proud, musical, smart, and sexy people.

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