New Directions in Latino American Cultures

The Portable Island

Cubans at Home in the World

Editors: Behar, R., Suárez, L. (Eds.)

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Cubans today are at home in diasporas that stretch from Miami to Mexico City to Moscow. Back on the island, watching as fellow Cubans leave, the impact of departure upon departure can be wrenching. How do Cubans confront their condition as an uprooted people? The Portable Island: Cubans at Home in the World offers a stunning chorus of responses, gathering some of the most daring Cuban writers, artists, and thinkers to address the haunting effect of globalization on their own lives.

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RUTH BEHAR is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, USA.
 
LUC?A M. SUÁREZ is Associate Professor of Spanish at Amherst College, USA.

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"The Portable Island explores the sensibilities of exile with grace to spare, giving voice to the ambivalence with which all of us -whether exiled or not - yearn for what we've lost. The island evoked here is a place both real and mythical: as much a paradise as a hell, as much a point of origin as a destination. Beyond that, these essays and poems also bear eloquent witness to the utter failure of Cuba's so-called Revolution, which wantonly expels whomever it can't devour." - Carlos Eire, author of Waiting for Snow in Havana

"Ruth Behar and Lucia Suarez serve up a sumptuous feast of love for a lost island. The Portable Island demonstrates the indelible impact Cuba has had not just upon its children but on all who come to know it." - Alfredo Estrada, author of Havana: Autobiography of a City

"Ruth Behar and Lucía M. Suárez, in gathering these inspiring, tenacious meditations on the circuitousness of exile, show that the terms 'home' and 'diaspora' are now synonymous. They also prove that Cuba is not only an island. It has become a metaphor for universalism!" - Ilan Stavans, author of The Hispanic Condition and Spanglish


Table of contents (29 chapters)

Table of contents (29 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Portable Island
Book Subtitle
Cubans at Home in the World
Editors
  • R. Behar
  • L. Suárez
Series Title
New Directions in Latino American Cultures
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Ruth Behar and Lucía M. Suárez
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-61615-8
DOI
10.1057/9780230616158
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-60076-8
Softcover ISBN
978-0-230-60477-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 258
Number of Illustrations
23 b/w illustrations
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