New PDF release: Havana: A Subtropical Delirium

By Mark Kurlansky

A urban of tropical warmth, sweat, ramshackle good looks, and its own cadence--a urban that often surprises--Havana is delivered to pulsing lifestyles through New York occasions bestselling writer Mark Kurlansky.

Award-winning writer Mark Kurlansky offers an insider's view of Havana: the stylish, tattered urban he has come to understand over greater than thirty years. half cultural historical past, half travelogue, with recipes, old engravings, photos, and Kurlansky's personal pen-and-ink drawings all through, Havana celebrates the city's singular tune, literature, baseball, and nutrition; its 5 centuries of exceptional, ignored structure; and its impressive mixture of cultures.

like any nice towns, Havana has a wealthy historical past that informs the colourful position it's today--from the local Taino to Columbus's touchdown, from Cuba's prestige as a U.S. protectorate to Batista's dictatorship and Castro's revolution, from Soviet presence to the welcoming of capitalist tourism. Havana is a spot of extremes: a superbly restored colonial urban whose cobblestone streets go through components that experience now not been painted or repaired given that lengthy sooner than the revolution.

Kurlansky indicates Havana throughout the eyes of Cuban writers, comparable to Alejo Carpentier and José Martí, and foreigners, together with Graham Greene and Hemingway. He introduces us to Cuban baseball and its hugely opinionated enthusiasts; the city's song scene, alive with the rhythm of Son; its culinary legacy. via Mark Kurlansky's multilayered and electrifying portrait, the long-elusive urban of Havana comes stirringly to life.

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