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ISBN: 9781772012453 | Paperback

304 pages | Pub. Date: 20200506
5.5 W × 8.5 H × 0.742 D inches
featured | Non-Fiction | Bisac: POL005000
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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."
Montreal Review of Books

By Frédérick Lavoie

Born in Chicoutimi in 1983, Frédérick Lavoie is a writer and freelance journalist. He is the author of three nonfiction books, including For Want of a Fir Tree: Ukraine Undone (Linda Leith Publishing, 2018). In Avant l’après: Voyages à Cuba avec George Orwell, winner of the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award for French-language non-fiction and published in English as Orwell in Cuba: How 1984 Came to Be Published in Castro’s Twilight, he continues his investigation of the many faces of humanity in troubled times.

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Translated by Donald Winkler

Donald Winkler is a translator of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. He is a three-time winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for French-to-English translation and has been a finalist on three other occasions. He lives in Montréal.

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news | 2020-11-05
Excerpt from Orwell in Cuba up at the Walrus

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news | 2020-04-08
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news | 2020-04-02
Frédérick Lavoie reads from Orwell in Cuba, translated by Donald Winkler

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