I grew up with the insistent recommendation of reading “The Initials of the Earth”, a fundamental text in understanding the Cuban Revolution’s early years. Today, at last, I was able to finish reading it. This excellent book captivated me so much that I decided to write this article.
Alfredo Fernandez’s Diary
I enter the Internet time and time again in search for information on Hurricane Matthew, reviewing the projection cone with the possible path in the Caribbean. I then call home to Santiago de Cuba and talk to my father…
Last July, after three and a half years, I returned to Cuba to find my country three and a half years older, dirty and backward. I couldn’t have received a better welcome…
It would seem that all Cubans over forty have been left with nothing but their memories. Leaving, surviving and – most importantly – remembering are verbs that seem to apply to nearly all Cuban émigrés.
On March 11, 2015, the Cuban government officially ceased to consider me a citizen of my native country. That’s right, I am now a citizen of nowhere, something along the lines of a tropical Palestinian.
A very wise person called Guayaquil the last redoubt of the Caribbean. I don’t know whether it’s because its full name is Santiago de Guayaquil, but the truth of the matter is that I’ve felt at home here since arriving, like in my own Santiago, Santiago de Cuba, that is.
I find it incredible that the Cuban documentary Gusano (“Scum”) already has over three hundred thousand views on YouTube. This, which is impressive in and of itself, is quite remarkable for a Cuban film, for, once on the Internet, it is deprived of its natural audience.
I left Cuba exactly one year ago and during this time I’ve had to adapt to life in Ecuador. I would now like to summarize a number of things I’ve seen, things I thought were unique to Cuba and now see they are, regrettably, not limited to my country.
For some time now, I’ve found myself longing for the book-burning inquisitors of old to come back. Yes, I’m serious: I’ve caught myself fondly remembering those who, during medieval times and early modernity, made huge pyres of “dangerous” volumes.