Castro is gone, Cubans celebrate

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Zoé Valdès, one of the most fervent anti Castro writers in Paris celebrated from her apartment

Zoé Valdès, one of the most fervent anti Castro writers in Paris, celebrated from her apartment near the Bastille

Fidel Castro’s death on Friday November 25, was received with different feelings in Havana and in Miami. In Paris,  novelist Zoé Valdès, who came as a political refugee in 1994, put up a Cuban flag on her balcony near the Bastille.

Zoé Valdès the writer who fights

Zoé Valdès the writer who fights

The author who was born with the Cuban Revolution on May 2, 1959, produced a fabulous novel in 1995, La Nada cotidiana (Yocandra in the Paradise of Nada in English and Le Néant quotidien in French) which made her famous. It is a fantastic book to read today if you want to understand the daily life of Cubans in the last fifty years.

Zoé Valdès's fist book was a masterpiece

Zoé Valdès’s fist book was a masterpiece

Another Cuban refugee, Jorge Virgili, who lives in Madrid had this witty reaction: “The castrating Father has died… Fidel could not bear the idea of Trump being in power”.

This event is another reason to be wanting to go to Cuba as soon as possible as many US publishers will do, when they attend the Havana book fair next February. Judith Curr will attend it with her Cuban author, Armando Luca Correa, (The German girl) who used to be a drama critic in Havana in the 1980’s.

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2 Comments on “Castro is gone, Cubans celebrate”

  1. Hi Laure,
    Your column is always of interest. Great on the Cuban writers.
    Now I want to read Zoé Valdès’ book. Shall go and buy it in London today!
    Love and thanks,
    Lesley

  2. Bonjour Laure
    partout où tu vas tu nous fais entrer dans le cadre et l’esprit de l’histoire que tu as choisie pour toi et pour nous,
    j’adore te lire et découvrir ce que tu as vu through the looking glass

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