The literature of cuba


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The literature of cuba

  1. 1. Terry Onley
  2. 2. Cultivo Una Rosa Blanca Cultivo una rosa blanca En julio como en enero, Para el amigo sincero Que me da su mano franca. Y para el cruel que me arranca El corazon con que vivo, Cardo ni ortiga cultivo, Cultivo una rosa blanca. Jose Marti (1853-1895) José Martí was the great writer of the Cuban Revolution against Spain. He spent a great deal of time in the US, and also in other countries in Latin America and Europe. He admired US culture for its strength and freedom, but feared its obvious desire for more Dominion in Latin America, including Cuba. The beautiful song “Guantanamera” contains some of his verse set to music…
  3. 3. This great man died in a fruitless 2-man charge against overwhelming Spanish forces in 1895. It is said that the Spanish, upon discovering the identity of his body, refused to burn it for fear that his ashes would get in their throats and choke them… They may have been right. There are statues of José Martí all over Cuba
  4. 4. “Granma” is Cuba’s only state-run daily newspaper. As with all news media in Cuba, the content is tightly controlled to adhere to the official dogma of the state. In the January 30th, 2010 edition of the online newsletter, Erasmo Calzadilla suggests that, while the paper is apparently becoming more willing to publish dissenting views and expressions of dissatisfaction, certain other properties of the publication which seriously affect its most important function for the Cuban people have recently deteriorated. However, Mr. Calzadilla is not without a solution. Apparently, wetting La Granma and allowing it to dry over the shower curtain rod improves its texture greatly, thus making it much more pleasant to use for its primary purpose!
  5. 5. On January 27, 2010, world-famous Cuban Writers Manuel Garcia Verdecia and Rafael Vilches Proenza were fired from the Cuban Writer’s Guild for “improper use of the Internet”: it seems they browsed sites that were not complimentary to the Cuban government. Many Cuban writers, such as Reinaldo Arenas & Guillermo Cabrera Infante, have continued to write from exile, thus creating another set of voices against tyranny. I suspect Mr. Calzadilla may lose his internet privileges soon…
  6. 6. Sources: Google Images Wikipedia /i_grow_the_white_rose/ guantanamera the granma newspaper pickle erasmo calzadilla -cuban-writers-fired-for-improper-use-of-the-internet /dyn/DisplayCase.cfm/.../798 arenas