Cuba

Culture, Arts, Film and Television, Cuba

The revolution is being televised

“Socialist mosquitoes. Bred to suck your blood through American denim. And forget your repellent, they’re immune to that s—.”...

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Culture, Arts, Literature, Cuba

Hell or Havana?

I think this must be the first book I’ve written about since I started this column in 1998 that is certain to cause offence. That is not,...

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Culture, Arts, Literature, Cuba

Cuba: Yanqui doodle dandy

Nothing dates quite as quickly, at least in literary terms, as a guidebook. Scarcely has the text been delivered to the printer than hotels...

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Culture, Music, People, Cuba

Ibrahim Ferrer: Bolero Ultimo

The voice of a 20th-century Caribbean dream finally fell silent back in August, when the 78-year-old Cuban singer Ibrahim Ferrer died...

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Culture, Arts, Literature, People, Cuba

A man, a boat, a fish

Perhaps it’s a rather harsh judgment, but Ernest Hemingway has not aged well. In fact, it is hard to think of a 20th-century writer who...

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Culture, Lifestyle, Travel, Cuba

Feeling Havana

Cracked concrete blocks that soar skyward between elegant single-story houses. Peeling art deco treasures squashed against brand-new...

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Culture, Lifestyle, Travel, Cuba

In praise of the Caribbean cigar

My hero is a Cuban called Compay Segundo. He’s 90, has been a musician since just after World War 1, and is on a world tour as I write....

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Immerse, Film and Television, People, Cuba

Rebel with a camera: Carlos Lechuga

Melaza, the debut feature film from Cuban writer and director Carlos Lechuga, opens with a shot of a sun-drenched field of sugarcane, the...

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