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Cuba: The Land Of Miracles: A Journey Through Modern Cuba

Stephen Smith

4 Reviews

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Prose: non-fiction, Travel writing

*The definitive book on modern Cuba.

For a growing number of British holidaymakers, Cuba is a Caribbean paradise, but it is also a land of cutbacks and economic instability. Stephen Smith comes to live on the island, and his search for the real Cuba inevitably becomes a search for Fidel Castro too. Before meeting his quarry, Smith travels extensively through the 'land of miracles' in an old American automobile. His highly-personalised account features a bloody initiation into a voodoo-like cult, dining on giant rat, and checking into the Love Hotel. And he goes on manoeuvres in the Everglades with armed, but not especially competent, Cuban exiles dreaming of a second Bay of Pigs. With disarming wit and considerable insight, Stephen Smith investigates a country where communism and voodoo coexist, and where the influence of its leader of forty years continues to throw a long shadow.

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Praise for Cuba: The Land Of Miracles: A Journey Through Modern Cuba

  • Entertaining ... the best guide to this beautiful, bedevilled island. Unfailingly well written - SUNDAY TIMES

  • Fascinating ... genuinely brilliant - Jon Snow, OBSERVER

  • Essential reading - Norman Lewis

  • {Stephen Smith ) is the best sort of reporter; detached, ironic, yet well-versed on the terrain he's exploring ... a compelling portrait of a society on the verge of an ideological breakdown - Douglas Kennedy, INDEPENDENT

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Stephen Smith

Steven Smith works for Channel 4 news and writes regularly for the LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS.

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