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Author: Virgil Suárez
Publisher: Houston, TX : Arte Público Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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""So much left behind. Our house. Our family. Our lives together," Virgil Suarez writes in his memoir of life as a Cuban refugee. Beginning with the saga of the balseros that unfolds before Suarez's eyes, when, at his mother's insistence, he turns on the TV and witnesses a confrontation between the Coast Guard and the Cuban rafters, Suarez remembers family and friends leaving Cuba and ties these through verse and
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Suárez, Virgil, 1962-
Infinite refuge.
Houston, TX : Arte Público Press, ©2002
(OCoLC)606925947
Online version:
Suárez, Virgil, 1962-
Infinite refuge.
Houston, TX : Arte Público Press, ©2002
(OCoLC)608147984
Named Person: Virgil Suárez; Virgil Suárez; Virgil Suárez
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Virgil Suárez
ISBN: 1558853480 9781558853485
OCLC Number: 49664445
Description: ix, 130 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Balsero Dreams --
Gusano at the Hatuey Brewery --
Epidemic --
Fantomas, Master of Disguise --
Hilario, El carretero del barrio, Arroyo Naranjo, Cuba, circa 1969 --
The Delgados's Son --
Initiation --
Blown --
Conduit --
Grandmother's Instructions --
Corners --
Jinetera Currency --
Grease --
Chosen --
Mariposas Negras: My Mother's Return to Cuba --
The Day the Police Took My Father Away --
Ricochet --
The Policeman's Story --
Mangos --
Cosas Sinatra --
Tin Can & Fruit Crate Art, or How My Grandmother Spent Her Final Days --
The Monkey Story --
The Year the Moscow Circus Came to Havana --
Water Songs --
Psalm of the Boy Cartographer.
Responsibility: by Virgil Suárez.

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""So much left behind. Our house. Our family. Our lives together," Virgil Suarez writes in his memoir of life as a Cuban refugee. Beginning with the saga of the balseros that unfolds before Suarez's eyes, when, at his mother's insistence, he turns on the TV and witnesses a confrontation between the Coast Guard and the Cuban rafters, Suarez remembers family and friends leaving Cuba and ties these through verse and prose to his own experience of exile."

"Rather than decry the politics of persecution under a dictatorship or celebrate the freedoms enjoyed in the United States, Suarez instead brings to life his memories on the page. Suarez writes, "Those old ghosts of places we knew, lived in - moments we survived - those are the things I'm afraid of." But those old ghosts populate his stories: the shadows of his extended family standing on the other side of the glass at the departure gate in the airport, the next-door neighbor of his childhood with whom he plays firing squad, his mother's last wish to return to Cuba, and his promise to his father not to return until change comes to Cuba."

"Suarez's poignant tales of family disintegration, culture shock, and separation are matched only by his examples of people struggling for the strength to live their modest lives and to preserve their memories in the face of the challenges of the new society around them. He sees in the raft people, in the dissidents, in the newly minted American citizens the same creative will that launched his own career as a writer."--Jacket.

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