The Good Intellectual


Lost in the metaphor, the good intellectual avoids approaching the reality through which the universal will make his work more transcendent than the local. He hides, in some symbolic passage of his theatrical script, in the parable of a verse, or in the barely visible little figure in the corner of the canvas, that dose of criticism that later will allow him to boast that he “never remained silent.” He knows censorship very well, the simulation and fear that corrode your work, but he responds angrily to whomever reminds him. What do you want? That I go work in construction? He spits at anyone who criticizes his excessive concessions. He prefers to address the erotic rather than the political, the past before the present, to recreate the classics rather than his contemporaries. Once his name was on the black list, and the gray list, but now they honor him and give him medals. He has Internet access from his own home, and for a few years now has enjoyed an all-expenses paid weekend at a hotel in Varadero.

The good intellectual has a file at the United States Interest Section, in hopes of a visa, but he went that day in hat and sunglasses hoping no one would recognize him. He lectures and makes the rounds of the universities in the “Empire” while trying to modulate his speech, there and here, lest it be outdated in one place and too liberal in the other. When foreign delegations come he likes to be close by, bring home some visitor, play on their emotions a little so they’ll offer him an invitation to any place in the world… because at the end of the day, “no one can live here.” He has a satellite dish well hidden in the last room, but speaking with his colleagues he pretends he saw the national news last night, or the Roundtable last Tuesday. A friend passes him copies of those prohibited pages he would never have dared to enter from his own computer.

The good intellectual is very quiet while waiting for a response to his exit permit, and when he returns he behaves well so they’ll authorize his next trip. It seems that every kind of activism or obvious political positioning is for those who don’t have his talent of the pen or the brush. He looks over his shoulder at those who waste their time in discussions of “reforms,” “changes,” or other fleeting trifles. But when he takes a couple of drinks he wonders if he has scaled the artistic heights because of his real talent, or because of the massive exile of those who could have been his competitors. Saved in a some drawer is that song he composed with his guts hanging out, that poem where he got totally naked, or that screaming mouth he once painted. Because a “good intellectual” is never discomposed, never involved in social passions, never lets himself drift into the street.

340 thoughts on “The Good Intellectual

  1. 339 BLOG REPLIES is BIG,that’s allot of attention to a blog by a skinny Cuban girl. Thanks again everyone who helps keep this exciting and informative blog at the TOP. Yoani Sanchez will always be documented in CUBAS WRITTEN HISTORY.

  2. Griffin..is right;..big businessmen of Canada are Cuba and…the billioners of usa were replaced with billioners of canada…cooperating with cuban millioners…before of the right wing but now of the left…wing where you can buy cheap everything in a country in big need(under pressure,blockade) living a poor desperate life.So Cuba is in big business net…for 100 years and maybe from the same big corporations running North America
    Cuba was a country… planned to do big business as a banana republic colony…(fruits,sugar,minerals,tourism,oil) and where the leftist billioners and millioners robbed those of the right…there and this is what has happen now in europe and asia…and north and south americas…a communist billioners world elites united…as 1%….but as we know both left-right teams were of one corporation…which is going to be called world corporation …and will be run by the generation Y …as progressive one..look the photo here;
    http://keboch.wordpress.com/2008/03/25/generation-y/

  3. John the one #333 – Gee, I didn’t realise I couldn’t actually thump someone through a computer! Thanks for pointing that out. You obviously don’t understand metaphorical language, idiot. And calling me Little Johnny is about as childish as it gets. Possibly I am little compared to you, no doubt you’re a great big fat overbloated blob.

  4. I’m always struck by how the attitudes of folk like John the One resembles those who used to support Hitler (and Stalin and Mao and Pol Pot)

    For these people Disney World is the root of all evil, and dictators who kill millions are peace-loving humanitarians.

    I’m curious what motivates these people? Is it the attraction of power? The fantasy of killing off large numbers of people they don’t like?

  5. John the One has discovered that the US army has squadrons. And that this is the “freshest news.”

    He then informs us that Iran, which has carried out bombings, including bombings of children, in dozens of foreign countries (because they are infidels), is the harmless victim of a US conspiracy. They just tried another massive terrorist attack on US soil, but the US shouldn’t be concerned. Like Nazi Germany, they are a peace-loving nation who mean no harm.

    Thanks for all the info.

    This somehow is related to Yoani’s article of course?

  6. The freshest news from the US of A is that our elite squadrons can attack on any target in Latin America. The targets have already been identified and they represent a threat to Us of A national security.

    Among the targets are effectively teh whole countries such as Cuba, Ecuador and Bolivia. The reason?

    They are “friends” with Iran.

    Only a mo-*n can defend such a statement. The idiots who tailor our foreign policy are conveniently forgetting that there are children in those countries. Children who go to school and have no idea that we are planning to slaughter them in the name of “our safety”. Mothers and fathers that work hard to feed and clothe their children and have no time to even think about the US of A.

    These countries are not even equipped to be a threat in any shape or form to the US of A.

    But they are “friends” with Iran. And we all know that Iran is, all of a sudden, the bad news for us. Bas-*-*ds float on oil that we want and they want a fair price for it. No can do.

    A little known policy of US of A is to strive to buy as much of the world’s oil, to ensure the continuum of our apparently superior economy a little while longer, before we too run out of it.

    Screw it. Just kill those little slimy bas-*-ds now. They will live in poverty all their short lives anyway.

    Our interests and safety are way more important that these useless lives.

  7. The freshest news from the US of A is that our elite squadrons can attack on any target in Latin America. The targets have already been identified and they represent a threat to Us of A national security.

    Among the targets are effectively teh whole countries such as Cuba, Ecuador and Bolivia. The reason?

    They are “friends” with Iran.

    Only a moron can defend such a statement. The idiots who tailor our foreign policy are conveniently forgetting that there are children in those countries, who go to school and have no idea that we are planning to slaughter them in the name of “our safety”. Mothers and fathers that work hard to feed and clothe their children and have no time to even think about the US of A.

    These countries are not even equipped to be a threat in any shape or form to the US of A.

    But they are “friends” with Iran. And we all know that iran is suddenly the bad news for us. Bastards float on oil that we want and they want a fair price for it.

    The little unknown policy of US of A is to buy all oil of the world possible to ensure the continuum of our apparently superior economy a little while longer, before we too run out of it.

    Screw it. Just kill those little slimy bastards now. they will live in poverty all their short lives anyway.

    Our interests and safety are way more important that these useless lives.

  8. Little Johnny, your brave post 256 made me shiver…

    To defend myself from the corageous anonimus from the internet, I’ll have to turn on the firewall…

    The reaction was so childlish, it was not worth the trouble of mentioning it, but since you were so convincing , I thought it was worth letting you know that if I were affraid of crap, I’d be carrying the toilet paper for protection.

    Give it a thought…

  9. Simba Sez: It has been said in the advertsing business that any exposure is good exposure. So, it would seem that Damir, Cuba Leper, and ain’t not, along with unsorry, are all very good for this blog, as they give it far more exposure than it might receive without them. Keep up the good work guys, you’ll certainly be paid for it someday.

  10. anton said: “how did you download..or you are the one with Griffin who built this website…”

    anton!! THANKS FOR THE COMPLIMENT/INNUENDO! JE JE JE! IM NOT THAT SMART AND TECHIE LIKE THOSE WHO RUN THIS WEB SITE. IT WAS SOMEONE A LONG TIME AGO SOMEONE HELPED ME BUT DONT RECALL THE INSTRUCTIONS!I RECALL PUTTING IN SOME ACCOUNT THAT IS LINKED TO THIS SITE! MAYBE SOMEONE CAN GIVE YOU SOME GUIDANCE! AND PLEASE GIVE US A BREAK AND PUT RELATED INFORMATION ABOUT CUBA, YOANI OR SEMI-RELATED TOPIC! ALL THIS DIVERSION ON YOUR PART IS THAT, DIVERSION FROM THE MATTER AT HAND! BUT OF COURSE THAT IS THE REASON YOU ARE HERE!

  11. Humberto how did you put your photo there…how did you download..or you are the one with Griffin who built this website…I dont see any way how to upload a photo next to my name when I comment…so tell me the secret of uploading a photo there…

  12. Now that EU printed some trillions of dollars or euro…the problem is not that big and it may be quit here in EU for the next mnth and people will be busy with the Olympics…so I am not needed here anymore for a while…I can return anytime here so I think I must come back to visit Cuba again and create the New Cuba’s party…but to be able to do that I may need also to be Cuban citizen …so where to apply for one?
    I must be a citizen there and I may need a home…and a job…to buy and eat some food before I write the new program of the new party of the 99%…
    Some of the important point in the program will be to demolish all the big old cities and build highrise buildings everywhere around the island shores and put all the 11 million Cubans there to live,get free drinks,rum…and work everyone 4 hours in the farm to produce fresh food and entertain and stay in the beach and travel all the time with the cars rented for $10 per day and be paid everyone $50-100 per day…to travel and enjoy so the Cuba’s paradise…Who will be against new program?
    I am asking Yoani,Damir and Cuba libre to help me with the creation of the new party

  13. It is really a big world mystery to me that… now that the whole world is gone all socialistic and communistic…island of Cuba is not there yet….is not with the rest of the group…so why do you guys here call Cuba a socialist or communist country…? Cuba it is not walking with the big flock sheep…yet…to the slaughter house…WHY?

  14. Is El Cristo the name of the shop in the photo in the blog “The Good Intellectual”?
    What about if the 99% of the Cubans create a new party called with the same name; ‘ El Cristo”…will the 1% refuse such a name…? If yes than what is going on with Cuba….? Is there a plan for Cuba to be a foot for the international communist armies in the east to come and enter soon the west..? I yes…than the dissidents are in danger and the 99% and even the pope should be careful and not stay more than 1 day there…This may be the reason of the 50 years blockade…but why to spend time with Cuba when the communists are already running the whole North and South America… but maybe Cuba is not in the western communist block yet…but why?

  15. And please, Cube Liber, if you are going to quote and believe Yoani about something, then quote and believe her about everything.

    Especially about daily life in Cuba, something Yoani has first-hand knowledge of, and something you’ve never experienced.

    Unlike Marxist imbeciles who believe Fidel is a messenger from God, I am here to support Yoani’s right to free speech, not to agree with her every word.

    I also support Fidel’s right to free speech, hopefully from an asylum where he’d do less harm.

  16. Stop lying Cube Libra, nobody denies there are a few direct-trade restrictions on some US-based business, such as the commercial carriers, and that is what the “embargo” is all about.

    What people are truthfully saying is that there is no direct effect on the Cuban economy.

    The US is the 5th biggest trading partner of Cuba, and Castro could make them number one if he signed more deals with US companies (like the telecoms)

    Most importantly, it is the private influx of cash from the US that is propping up the Cuban economy.

    On balance, the “embargo” probably helps tourism, as the gullible anti-Americans, including the millions of US leftists who have visited Cuba, are more willing to put up with no toilet paper and grotesque cuisine when they believe “the embargo” is the cause.

    Brief history for Marxists:

    It is the US that embargoed Batista and helped Castro come to power. It is the US government (not the Chinese or Russian governments) that offered free food and medical aid to Cuba in the 1990s when many Cubans starved. Castro refused, he’d rather see Cubans starve. And his fans refuse to speak the truth, they’d rather rewrite history.

  17. World in every country has chosen the path of the death,both their elites,the 1 % and their masses,the 99%…and they are all dead now…but the uprise of 99% youths are showing that the world cant be dead for to long…destroyed by the two swords or axes; capitalism and communism….who were used by the 1 % of the world elites…who like the red,the black and the yellow horses…went all around the world to destroy,kill and create famine…but yet is still the white horse to come there…and this was written somewhere…told long time ago…and when the pope comes to visit Cuba ask him what the 4 horses mean…but now the world,both 1 and 99% know already…

  18. What an idiot you are Cuba Libre. Under Ceasescu Romania had many disidents that were actually allowed to leave the country as the dictator wanted them to get the f*** out as they were way more dangerous for them inside, than outside. They stayed as for them it was more important to keep on fighting against the red devil

  19. Cuba Libre (La MENTIROTA & HOMOPHOBE)!! LET ME ESPLAIN IT TO YOU C.L. ! THE MANY ARTICLES AND YOUTUBE VIDEOS I POST ARE THINGS I AM INTERESTED IN AND HAVE A HIGH VALUE OF INFORMATION IN MY OPINION! THE TEXT AND OPINION ON THESE ITEMS ARE OF THE WRITERS OR THOSE INTERVIEWED NOT MY OWN! CAPISCE?? OH, FORGOT! SINCE YOU ARE PULLING AT STRAWS CONSTANTLY THAT HINDERS YOU COGNITIVE ABILITIES! JE JE JE!

  20. El Ciber Rata,

    Oh so now there is A US embargo? the one you so fiercely denied. I`ll quote you from post # 311 “The United States has maintained an economic embargo on Cuba for 50 years in order to pressure the Communist government on the island, which lies 90 miles (145 km) south of Florida.”
    Which way will you swing today? Embargo? No embargo? And oh by the way, did Oscar Elias Biscet file a law suit against the Cuban government also, lol.

  21. I finally found the answer to my question, liar or sado-masochist? I found the answer in one of her tweets. Miss Sanchez is both.

    Yoani Sanchez@yoanifromcubaReply
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    “I am here because I decided to live HERE as I believe in the future #Cuba not in the actual one, the country we could be, not the one we are”

    If you believed in a different Cuba you`d think you would have stayed in Switzerland while waiting for “the promised land”. When will all you astriches pull your heads from under the sand, look at reality, and enjoy all the good things you have.

  22. REUTERS: Cuban dissident testifies by phone to U.S. Congress
    (Reuters) – One of Cuba’s leading dissidents, Oscar Elias Biscet, testified by telephone from Cuba on Thursday to the U.S. Congress and said the international community did not seem to understand that human rights violations continued there.

    “The Cuba in which I live is a society full of fear,” Biscet said, speaking from the U.S. interests section in Havana to a joint meeting of two House of Representatives subcommittees.

    “The human rights violations need to be expressed further to the international community, because they seem to be not getting the point, or understanding that this is really happening,” he said, speaking through an interpreter.

    The connection was lost and restored several times as Biscet’s voice was broadcast via speaker phone to a Capitol Hill hearing room.

    Biscet, 50, a medical doctor, was released last March as one of the last of 52 political prisoners President Raul Castro promised to release in an accord with Cuba’s Catholic Church.

    He had been first arrested in the 1990s for organizing meetings, and was jailed several times. After his fourth arrest in 2003, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison as part of a crackdown on opponents known as Cuba’s “Black Spring” that strained the Communist-led island’s international relations.

    Biscet said that he had been beaten and tortured in prison; as a result, he said, his face was disfigured and his foot broken.

    “Violations of human dignity” are systematically committed against all people who are incarcerated in Cuba, he said.

    Among abuses he had “suffered or observed” were tortures in which naked prisoners had their hands handcuffed to their feet for 12 to 24 hours, or were handcuffed with their hands over their heads and suspended with their feet barely touching the floor for similarly long periods.

    He also described abysmal prison conditions with no clean drinking water, no ventilation, and no toilets for prisoners.

    For Biscet’s opposition to Cuba’s government, President George W. Bush awarded him in absentia the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007. Cuban authorities view dissidents as mercenaries working for their archenemy, the United States.

    The United States has maintained an economic embargo on Cuba for 50 years in order to pressure the Communist government on the island, which lies 90 miles (145 km) south of Florida.

    Cuban dissidents have said there are still at least 60 people behind bars for political reasons, including some convicted of boat and plane hijackings and spying.

    Asked whether he feared re-arrest because of his testimony to the U.S. Congress, Biscet said: “Everything is possible.”

    He said he intended to continue non-violent efforts for change under the Castro government. “We cannot wait for someone to die to create change. We will create change on our own.”

    He said he hoped that Pope Benedict would lobby for more freedoms, including freedom of speech, when the Pope visits Cuba at the end of March.

    “We hope that his coming will bring great change to our country,” Biscet said.

    (Reporting By Susan Cornwell; Editing by Jane Sutton and Sandra Maler)

    http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/02/17/cuba-usa-biscet-idINDEE81G01F20120217

  23. YOUTUBE: Dr. Oscar Elías Biscet habla en el congreso de USA (Parte 1)- Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet speaks in the US Congress (part 1).

  24. Present great open window by church and pope…a new light,reaction and change

    and 99% of Cubans need an open road for them to reach the God of all too inclueding the 1% and the church and pope and the rest of the world…to walk all to their God

  25. #303 Help,
    Does this have anything to do with the USA or any US government of today??

    http://edition.presstv.ir/detail/159958.html

    And what may I ask goes on in Guantanamo Bay. hy don`t you talk about the everyday torturing that goes on there.

    And how about this post where your present day government wants to allow indefinite detainement and torture of prisoners. Don`t take it from me, but read and lear.

    http://rt.com/usa/news/obama-detention-veto-defense-853/

  26. “The cause of peace, domestic and international, and the nation’s very prosperity, are rooted in unconditional respect for those rights that express the supreme dignity of the human being as a child of God”.(great words by a human and he is a Cuban)

    “The human being as a child of God…” is the formula that all the 6 billion humans,the world citizens should have now and we all must know who is destroying their god part inside them and making all humans insane on Earth…suffering from the rules of the nations…Pope should call for the samething not only in Cuba when he visit it but to the whole destroyed world by the world elites…which we dont know who they are..who leaf or rule over all the rules of the nations going all insane now

  27. MIAMI HERALD: Who are Cuba’s best-known Catholic critics? – By Juan O. Tamayo

    One is a Cuban priest who wrote letters criticizing Fidel and Raúl Castro. Another is a Catholic layman who collected 25,000 signatures seeking change. The third edited a church journal muzzled under government pressures.

    Rodríguez, 59, has long been a thorn in the side of a government that was officially atheist from 1962 to 1992, and to this day bans Catholic schools and requires prior permits for street processions.

    Sometimes called the “people’s cardinal,” he first made headlines in 1994 with a letter blaming Fidel Castro for the island’s financial and social crisis, and urging him to open a dialogue with dissidents and exiles.

    The church sent Rodríguez to study in Spain in 1996 — supporters say church officials wanted to protect him, at the same time get him out of the way — and he returned just before Pope John Paul II visited Cuba in 1998.

    In 2007, State Security agents burst into his Santiago parish, Santa Teresita del Niño Jesús, to beat and arrest at least 15 young dissidents. The barrel-chested, blunt-talking Rodríguez branded the raid a “terrorist party.”

    Cuba’s best-known Catholic dissident is Payá, 59, who founded the Christian Liberation Movement and launched the signature-gathering Varela Project — neither recognized by the government.

    One Vatican official praised him as a “committed Catholic who wishes to work within the system” in 2003, and said he had urged Cuban officials to “cultivate Payá as a ‘soft oppositionist,’?” according to a WikiLeaks cable

    Payá won the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize in 2002, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize more than once and was briefly greeted by Pope John Paul II at the end of a public audience in Rome in 2003.

    A top agronomist with a state tobacco enterprise in western Pinar Del Rio, Valdés was demoted in 1996 when he became editor of Vitral, a provincial Catholic magazine that often criticized the government.

    Government officials regularly demanded Vitral tone down its reports.

    One U.S. diplomatic dispatch from Havana reported Valdés had alleged that Ortega “maneuvered” to force him to quit Vitral in 2007 by replacing Pinar del Rio Bishop José Siro Rodríguez, who supported Vitral but was retiring, with a weaker Bishop Jorge Serpa. Valdés “asserts [Ortega] is in bed with the Cuban regime. In his estimation, Bishop Serpa, therefore, is as much of a regime figure as Cardinal Ortega, and not to be trusted,” the cable added.

    Another cable quoted a Vatican official as saying that the Cuban government “must be happy because the Church did its dirty work for it” in the Valdés case. Vitral curtailed its criticisms of the government under Serpa.

    Valdés, who said he prefers to be described as “a Catholic who thinks differently” rather than as a “dissident,” now publishes the digital magazine Convivencia — Fellowship — and remains a steadfast government critic.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/02/19/2650731/who-are-cubas-best-known-catholic.html

  28. I know what happened in Japan. It has nothing to do with the USA or any US government of the last 60 years. It’s as irrelevant as the Spanish Armada to present day Cuba.

    What happened in Angola happened with Castros running the army in Angola. The same Castros who still run Cuba.

  29. Cuba Libre (La MENTIROTA & HOMOPHOBE)said: “The books are censored by the law, isn`t it normal for the police to intervene.”

    FOOT IN MOUTH, OR SHOULD I SAY MOUSE! JE JE JE! THANKS C.L. FOR CLARIFYING YOUR STAND ON CENSORSHIP! YOU MUST OF GOTTEN THIS FROM THE CASTROFASCIST’S MANUAL ON CONTROL OF IDEAS AND POPULATION! JE JE JE!

  30. # 296 Help
    Did you forget Nagasaki or Hiroshima?? Different times, different wars, all wars have casualties of war. I don`t know anything about what went on in Angola so I won`t comment on that. I sure know what happened in Nagasaki and Hiroshima. The truth will be heard.

  31. Is Cube Libra still in Canada? He said he was moving to Cuba?

    Maybe there’s no hotels in Cuba because of the embargo?

  32. El Ciber Rata,
    Your post #294 is just as ridiculous as most of your other posts. I`ll quote you, “The library, located in her home at #5 18th St. in the Vedado district, holds about a thousand volumes, many of them by authors censured in Cuba”. Then you say she is being threatend and harrassed by State Security Police. How much more ironic can it get. The books are censored by the law, isn`t it normal for the police to intervene. Its just like if you in California keep books on child pornography which is I hope prohibited there, and then you whine and complain because you end up in jail. You get it, intiende raton??

  33. “…find out who Fidel Castro is. It comes autographed by him!”

    Oh really? Autographed in the blood of his victims? Now that would be telling.

  34. I have to read what Fidel says about his humanitarian efforts in Angola:

    Re: Counting Cuban Atrocities, letter to the editor, Aug. 18.

    As a former United Church of Canada missionary to Angola, I can attest to Cuban atrocities even more horrific than those mentioned by letter-writer Andrew Galloway.

    In 1975, the Cuban army arrived in Angola to support the Russian-backed Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA). They first went north and turned their guns on Holden Roberto’s National Front for the Liberation of Angola, then wheeled around south to attack Jonas Savimbi’s National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA). Eventually, after destroying our central mission station in Dondi, they arrived at the Kavango Leprosarium. After ordering all of the lepers, their families and their helpers into their huts, they set fire them on fire, burning everyone to death. Any who emerged were machine-gunned. This was attested to by one of our pastors, who saw it all from the bush where he was hiding.

    Ten years later I travelled to Jamba, UNITA’s capital in the southeastern part of the country. I was taken to a camp occupied by hundreds of survivors of Cuban poison-gas attacks. Nerve gas, when it does not kill outright, leaves the victim with a mind that has been completely addled and, at times, limbs that no longer function. It was the most horrific sight that I have ever witnessed.

    Now that Fidel Castro is reaching the end, it is my fervent wish that he burn in Hell.

    John Hart, Mississauga, Ont.

  35. You really are a gem, Cuba Liar. Everything you post displays yet another facet of your ignorance, bigotry, hypocrisy & mendacity. Your hero worship of Fidel is deeply pathological. Even his lickspittle little brother Raul would blush at the grovelling you insist on performing before “el Commandante”.

    I wonder, do you strut down Commercial Drive with your Che t-shirt and your Che beret at a jaunty angle, catching an exhilarating glimpse of your revolutionary self in the windows of the cafes?

  36. Cuba Libre (La MENTIROTA & HOMOPHOBE)! DO I DETECT A “FUACATAAAAAA MOMENT”?? GLAD YOU WERE ABLE TO GET YOUR HAND ON FIDEL’S BOOK! BUT WHY IS FIDEL HAVING TROUBLE WITH OTHER WRITER’S BEIGN READ BY THE CUBAN POPULATION? CAN YOU ELABORATE ON THAT??

    Library leader threatened, harassed

    HAVANA, April 25, 2011 (Ana Aguililla/Roberto de Jesús Guerra Pérez) – Omayda Padrón Azcuy, the national coordinator of the Reinaldo Bragado Bretaña Library Network, complains that she is being threatened and harassed by the State Security police. Every Wednesday her library hosts literary discussions with intellectuals and neighborhood residents. The library, located in her home at #5 18th St. in the Vedado district, holds about a thousand volumes, many of them by authors censured in Cuba, including Álvaro Vargas Llosa, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Reinaldo Arenas and Carlos Alberto Montaner.

    THE FRIENDS OF CUBAN LIBRARIES

    “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
    – Article 19, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

    “Sometimes certain books have been published, the number does not matter. But as a matter of principle not a single book of such kind should be printed, not a single chapter, not a single page, not a single letter!”
    – President Fidel Castro, speech before the National Congress on Culture and Education, April 30,1971

    http://www.friendsofcubanlibraries.org/

  37. Vanity publishing, Cuban style

    Fidel Castro’s My LIfe, written with Ignacio Ramonet, soon descends into hagiography

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2007/oct/28/biography.features

    To say that Ramonet is an uncritical interviewer would be an understatement. Occasionally, he poses a more difficult question to Castro, who has ruled a single-party state for nearly 50 years, mentioning that some dare to call the Cuban leader a ‘dictator’ and raising the question of the political repression that has been a persistent feature of his rule. Yet as the introduction makes abundantly clear, the author is a fan.

    Well, well, well. If the book can’t even get a favourable review from the left wing Guardian, you know it’s a turkey. Perhaps the reason the book is not widely available is because nobody but an idiot (ahem…) would want to read the damned thing.

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