An anthology of Cuban writing on race, politics and culture
Edited by Jean Stubbs and Pedro Pérez Sarduy
An insightful look at Cuba's rich ethnic and cultural reality
What is it like to be black in Cuba? Does racism exist in a revolutionary society that claims to have abolished it? How does the legacy of slavery and segregation live on in today's Cuba?
Essays, poetry, extracts from novels, anthropological studies and political analysis are brought together by editors Jean Stubbs and Pedro Pérez to create an outstanding anthology of Cuban scholars, writers and artists. Drawing on an extensive knowledge of Cuba, the editors have produced a multi-faceted insight into Cuba's right ethnic and cultural reality.
The book is divided into three sections: The Die is Cast, Myth and Reality and Redrawing the Line, introducing the reader to a wide range of previously unavailable Cuban authors, in which dissenting voices speak alongside established writers, such as Fernando Ortiz.
Jean Stubbs is a professor of Caribbean and Latin American History at the University of North London. She has been a visiting associate professor at Hunter College, CUNY (New York) and Rockefeller scholar at the University of Florida (Gainesville), the University of Puerto Rico and Florida International University. Stubbs has published several other books, including Cuba: The Test of Time.
Pedro Pérez Sarduy is an AfroCuban poet and journalist. He was writer-in-residence at Columbia University and a Rockefeller visiting scholar at the University of Florida (Gainesville) and the University of Puerto Rico. He has been the recipient of several literary awards and regularly undertakes speaking tours in the United States.
For the non-Spanish speaking reader with an interest in either Caribbean history, or more specifically that of Cuba, Pedro Pérez Sarduy and Jean Stubbs have produced an indispensable anthology which may become a standard reference book.
—Caryl Phillips, author of Crossing the River
The editors have brought together a rich portrait of AfroCuba—one of the most vibrant and—from an Anglo-Saxon point of view—least well-documented of the black Caribbean diasporas.
'AfroCuba' provides first-time readers with a good introduction to AfroCuban thought, while at the same time offering enough complexity to engage seasoned readers of AfroCuban writings.
—Nancy Raquel Mirabel, Michigan Quarterly Review: Bridges to Cuba
One of the most complete anthologies to be published in English on race, politics and Cuban cultural roots.