Your Waterstones card is changing, introducing...
TELL ME MORE
Cuba Diaries (Paperback)
  • Cuba Diaries (Paperback)
zoom

Cuba Diaries (Paperback)

(author)
£9.99
Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 29/09/2009
  • In stock online

Usually despatched within 24 hours

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect
The face of modern-day Cuba is in many respects still frozen in the 1950s, with its classic American cars, horse-drawn carriages and colonial Spanish architecture. In a country where taxi drivers earn more than doctors, understanding Cuba is a compelling but never-ending task. In the early 1990s, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Cuba was plunged into crisis. Having been subsidized by the Soviet Union to the tune of $3 million a day, the country's economy entered freefall. The ban on the US dollar was lifted, the floodgates of tourism opened and the salaries of Cubans in contact with foreigners went into orbit. Into Castro's fortress of dollar-fuelled hedonism and communist austerity came the American wife of a European energy consultant posted to Havana, and their two small children. Isadora Tattlin befriended Cubans from all walks of life, gave dozens of parties - even Fidel Castro came to dinner! - and kept a daily diary. The result is a remarkable testimony to a unique period in Cuba's history when el triunfo de la revolucion was beginning to clash with the powerful lure of multinational consumerism.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780553824896
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 246 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"'A sensitive fish-out-of-water narrative - throughout she's attuned to the surreal, mock-1950s domestic atmosphere and the way that Cuba's prickly international relations seem to revolve around not hurting the regime's feelings. Deft evocations of the island's sensual promise and oppressive reality'" * Kirkus Reviews *
"'A vivid and unusual perspective - well written and enjoyable'" * Library Journal *
"Tattlin's adventures are captivating...[Her] observations are witty and compassionate and the journal is filled with colourful descriptions of the exotic landscape and the charming affability of its people." * Waterstones Books Quarterly *
"'Fascinating and indelible images of the everyday reality'" * USA Today *
"'A good Havana cigar is one that bends, Tattlin learns: fakes break in half scattering dry and tasteless flakes. This journal, surely, is the real thing, packed with flavour, rounded, full and smouldering.'" * Daily Telegraph *

You may also be interested in...

An Elephant in My Kitchen
Added to basket
£16.99   £14.99
Hardback
Going Solo
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
Poverty Safari
Added to basket
£7.99   £6.99
Paperback
Elon Musk
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
My Family and Other Animals
Added to basket
£6.99   £5.99
Paperback
I Am Malala
Added to basket
£7.99   £6.49
Paperback
A History of the World in 21 Women
Added to basket
£16.99   £14.99
Hardback
Red Notice
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Persepolis I & II
Added to basket
On Leopard Rock: A Life of Adventures
Added to basket
Where Shall We Run To?
Added to basket
Life in the Garden
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Talking With Serial Killers
Added to basket
Black Klansman
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
My Family and Other Animals
Added to basket
A Farmer and His Dog
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.