Telex from Cuba
Telex from Cuba:
by Rachel Kushner
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Rachel Kushner’s first novel is a work of great care and research, directed at re-creating a place that history has erased from the map. Telex from Cuba is set, for the most part, in Oriente province during the six years prior to Castro’s overthrow of Batista. These were the very last years that United Fruit owned “Cuba’s largest, poorest, blackest province,” as one of the novel’s scions describes his former home, and that Americans lived there in a state of fantastic excess. The expatriates and revolutionaries whom Kushner follows over the course of her story represent both this privileged class and those who made their lifestyle finally impossible.
With impressive fluency, Kushner speaks in the voices of a series of latter-day colonialists. K. C. Stites, the fortunate son of the head of United Fruit’s Cuba
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