Isadora Tattlin - Cuba Diaries (2nd Hand Paperback)
- Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
- Condition : Very Good
- Category : Non-Fiction - The Rest of The World
- Published : 2003
- ISBN : 9780553815320
- SKU : B000158
- PPC : LL240gm
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
Isadora Tattlin was accustomed to relocating often for her husband's work. But when he accepted a post in Cuba in the early 1990's, she resolved to keep a detailed diary of her time there, recording her daily experiences as a wife, mother, and foreigner in a land of contraband.
The result is a striking, rare glimpse into a tiny country of enormous splendour and squalor. Though the Tattlins are provided with a well-staffed Havana mansion, the store shelves are bare. On the streets, beggars plead for soap, not coins. A vet with few real medical supplies operates on a carved mahogany coffee table in a Louis XIV style drawing room. The people adore festivity, but Christmas trees are banned.
And when Isadora hosts a dinner party whose guest list includes Fidel Castro himself, she observes the ultimate contradiction at the very heart of Cuba.
Vividly capturing Cuba s simultaneously appalling and enchanting essence, Cuba Diaries casts an irresistible spell and lifts the enigma of an island that is trapped in time, but not in spirit."