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Telex from Cuba

Telex from Cuba

Set in the American community in Cuba during the years leading up to Castro's revolution--a place that was a paradise for a few--Kushner's first novel is a tour de force with the urgency of a telex from a forgotten time and place.

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ISBN 9781416561040
Barcode 9781416561040
Published 2 June 2009 by Scribner Book Company
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Kushner, Rachel
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ISBN-13 9781416561040
ISBN-10 1416561048
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Scribner Book Company
Imprint Scribner Book Company
Publication Date 2 June 2009
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Kushner, Rachel
Category Fiction
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 322
Dimensions Width: 135mm
Height: 203mm
Spine: 21mm
Weight 281g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Cuba - History - 1933-1959, Americans - Cuba
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code 441056

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 Telex From Cuba is a prodigious work, sparking into life throughout its pages, beautifully balanced in its views of plantation society and the revolutionary force that ultimately overthrows it, written without bombast or self-referring language, as if the writer is so intent on the people she portrays, she writes of them with a kind of rare innocence, the innocence of the true observer who submits to the power of the tale she tells. -- Paula Fox, author of The Coldest Winter

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Author's Bio

Rachel Kushner is a coeditor of the art and literary journal Soft Targets and a frequent contributor to Artforum. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Columbia University's MFA program in writing, she has worked as an editor at both Bomb and Grand Street magazines. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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