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Orwell in Cuba


In February 2016, a state-run Cuban publishing house launched a new translation of George Orwell’s anti-totalitarian masterpiece ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’. Fascinated by the irony and curious to discover who had authorized the novel’s publication, Frédérick Lavoie, one of Canada’s most daring and original independent journalists, investigated. ‘Orwell in Cuba’ is a vivid personal account of contemporary Cuba at a pivotal point in its history, when the Castro brothers are passing power on to a new generation. In a series of interviews, inquiries, and experimentations with contrasting literary forms, composed during the course of three stays on the island, Lavoie describes Cuba’s shifting mindset with acuity and compassion, making sense of how Cubans feel about the past, present, and future of their country-and how this change in geopolitics affects the rest of us. Orwell in Cuba is also akin to a detective story, as the author roams the country, gathers confessions from its inhabitants, and asks sensitive questions about the unanticipated decision by the Castro regime to publish Orwell’s famous account of a panoptic society where “War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery, and Ignorance Is Strength. ‘Orwell in Cuba’ provides a unique reading experience about Cuba’s evolving society, combining literary and investigative methodologies in the portrayal of a unique in-between.

SKU: 35706 Category: Tag:
Subtitle: How 1984 Came to Be Published in Castro's Twilight
Author: Lavoie, Frédérick
Year: 2020
ISBN: 9781772012453
Pages: 384
Language: English
Publisher: Talonbooks
Publisher's city: Vancouver
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