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As much a storyteller as an ethnographer, Lydia Cabrera was captivated by a strange and magical new world revealed to her by her Afro-Cuban friends in early twentieth-century Havana. In Afro-Cuban Tales this world comes to teeming life, introducing English-speaking readers to a realm of tenuous boundaries between the natural and the supernatural, deities and mortals, the s ...more
Paperback, 169 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Bison Books
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Lora Grigorova
Mar 30, 2014 Lora Grigorova rated it liked it
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Lydia Cabrera’s Afro-Cuban Tales remind of fables, only fables set in Cuba. Growing up Cabrera becomes infatuated with the heritage and traditions of her home country – and she decides to convey them through magical and supernatural tales. A storyteller and an ethnographer, Cabrera sets on a journey throughout the history of Cuba – and delivers the real through the magical and the possible through the impossible. Her tales create a world,
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Roxane
This read was for the 2012 Around the World in 12 Books Reading Challenge hosted by Shannon at Giraffe Days (May: Cuba)

Full review: http://edroxy.livejournal.com/56435.html

Before I get into the heart of the matter, I'd like to say a few words on the author and the English edition of the work which contains two introductions, that of the English edition but also that of the Spanish edition. While I wasn't aware of this when I first purchased the book, Afro-Cuban Tales was first published in Frenc
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Valentina Chiriac
Mar 24, 2016 Valentina Chiriac rated it liked it
Strange first cuban book! Was like reading children tales(you must have a wide imagination), but some of the stories were cruel and pretty sadic. Not so manny happy endings! So, I would not recommend these tales to children... :)
Melissa
Dec 27, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it
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Interesting collection of folktales from Cuba, a combination of influences from African religions and traditions with Spanish Catholic ideas (though I wasn't sure if anything from the original native inhabitants of Cuba remained, the notes weren't clear on that). The editor of this collection was very careful to point out that Cabrera was from a white Spanish family, had been educated in France, and returned to Cuba after an education in the arts to make an ethnographic record of-sorts of Cuban ...more
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It's as if you're reading about an enchanting but strange world, yet so close to home.
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