Orwell in Cuba Front Cover

Paperback / softback
ISBN: 9781772012453
Pages: 304
Pub. Date: May 6 2020
Dimensions: 8.5" x 5.5" x 0.75"
Rights: Available: WORLD
Non-Fiction / HIS041010

  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Communism, Post-Communism & Socialism
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / Caribbean & Latin American
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / Human Rights
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / Propaganda
  • HISTORY / Caribbean & West Indies / Cuba

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Orwell in Cuba
How 1984 Came to Be Published in Castro’s Twilight
By Frédérick Lavoie
Translated by Donald Winkler

Orwell in Cuba chronicles journalist Frédérick Lavoie’s attempts to unravel the motives behind the mysterious appearance of a new translation of George Orwell’s 1984, formerly taboo in Cuba, just ahead of the country’s twenty-fifth International Book Fair. Lavoie works to make sense of how Cubans feel about the past, present, and future of their island – and how the political regime is adapting, or not, to life in the twenty-first century. His intertwined quests give readers the unique experience of following a suspenseful trail while at the same time becoming increasingly familiar with Cubans’ relationship to the regime and their strategies for coping with the island’s often challenging living conditions.

"Orwell in Cuba is nuanced and compelling."
—Literary Review of Canada

"The greatest strength of Orwell in Cuba lies in the street-level view it affords of ordinary Cubans negotiating the absurdities of daily life as an entrenched regime is losing its grip."
—Ian McGillis, Montreal Review of Books