A happy, middle-class childhood lived in the shadows of sweeping social change and oncoming revolutionsuch was the experience of velist Pablo Medina. In this memoir, Medina revisits his curious double world, recalling the pre-revolutionary Cuba of his first twelve years, 1948-1960. His recollections move easily from his childhood adventures to warm remembrances of family and friends to his growing awareness of the social conflicts that would ultimately send his family into exile in the United States. Medina also draws on the memories of his elders to extend his memoir back to the Cuban War of Independence and forward through the twentieth century to the fall of the Batista regime, the victory of the Revolution in 1959, and the family's growing disillusionment with the Castro regime. This first paperback edition also includes a new Epilogue describing Medina's visit to Cuba in 1999. 14 black and white photographs, preface, epilogue, glossary.
Pablo Medina is the author of the novel The Return of Felix Nogara and the memoir Exiled Memories (both Persea), and the novels The Cigar Roller, Cubop City Blues, among others.