Monday, January 12, 2009

Cuba: All Sides at Once

As of late, I am fascinated by all things Cuban. I am one of many who are watching for signs of political and economic change on the island with eager anticipation. The New York Times Magazine recently featured an article describing daily life in Cuba entitled, “The End of the End of the Revolution.” Everytime recently arrived Cuban immigrants come into the library I question them about contemporary Cuban society and politics and what the Revolution currently means to them.

As luck would have it, I stumbled upon a recent acquisition made by my astute colleagues at the Austin Public Library. The book is entitled, Cuba : Art and History, From 1868 to Today and it enables the reader to develop a deeper, visually rich, understanding of Cuba’s history and its people ranging from way before the Batista dictatorship and the ensuing revolution it helped to bring about, to the revolution’s aftermath and contemporary Cuban society.

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