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Telex from Cuba

Telex from Cuba

An astonishingly wise, ambitious, and riveting first novel set in the American community in Cuba during the years leading to Castro's revolution, this masterful debut is a compelling tour de force.

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ISBN 9781410413918
Published 1 March 2009 by Thorndike Press
Format Hardback, large type edition
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Author(s) By Kushner, Rachel
Series Basic
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ISBN-13 9781410413918
ISBN-10 1410413918
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Thorndike Press
Imprint Thorndike Press
Publication Date 1 March 2009
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback, large type edition
Edition large type edition
Author(s) By Kushner, Rachel
Series Basic
Category Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 585 pp
Dimensions Width: 145mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 33mm
Weight 726g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Large type books, Cuba - History - 1933-1959, Americans - Cuba, Cuba, Cuba
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.6
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Rachel Kushner has written an astonishingly wise, ambitious, and riveting novel set in the American community in Cuba during the years leading up to Castro's revolution -- a place that was a paradise for a time and for a few. The first novel to tell the story of the Americans who were driven out in 1958, this is a masterful debut.Young Everly Lederer and K. C. Stites come of age in Oriente Province, where the Americans tend their own fiefdom -- three hundred thousand acres of United Fruit Company sugarcane that surround their gated enclave. If the rural tropics are a child's dreamworld, Everly and K.C. nevertheless have keen eyes for the indulgences and betrayals of the grown-ups around them -- the mordant drinking and illicit loves, the race hierarchies and violence.In Havana, a thousand kilometers and a world away from the American colony, a cabaret dancer meets a French agitator named Christian de La Maziere, whose seductive demeanor can't mask his shameful past. Together they become enmeshed in the brewing political underground. When Fidel and Raul Castro lead a revolt from the mountains above the cane plantation, torching the sugar and kidnapping a boat full of yanqui revelers, K.C. and Everly begin to discover the brutality that keeps the colony humming. Though their parents remain blissfully untouched by the forces of history, the children hear the whispers of what is to come.At the time, urgent news was conveyed by telex. Kushner's first novel is a tour de force, haunting and compelling, with the urgency of a telex from a forgotten time and place.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review As a portrait of the 'other' 1950s Cuba, this novel is a departure from most others of its kind. Emphatically 'American' in its point of view and story, Telex offers a glimpse of how American executives and their families lived in Cuba during that crucial epoch of change, and, as such, will offer readers a refreshingly eye-opening account of what went on behind the corporate scenes and in the back rooms of power. -- Oscar Hijuelos, author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love and A Simple Habana Melody

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