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Persona Non Grata: A Memoir of Disenchantment with the Cuban Revolution

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In 1970 Jorge Edwards was sent by socialist Chilean President Salvador Allende as his country's first envoy to break the diplomatic blockade that had sealed Cuba for over a decade. His arrival coincided with the turning point of the revolution, when Castro began to repress the very intellectuals he once courted. In Kafkaesque detail, Edwards records the four explosive ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 20th 2004 by Nation Books (first published 1973)
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Fred
Feb 18, 2008 Fred rated it it was amazing
one of those rare cases when the revision kills a book. 20 years after original publication ('73-'93), edwards removed his youthful passion and replaced it with preening and pomposities. seems obvious that, as with vladimir bukovsky, a humanist anti-authoritarian got corrupted into a knee-jerk right-wing anti-communist - a nice mirror of what went down with amiri baraka.
Ben
Sep 06, 2007 Ben rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of dry humor, political wit
This book is deliciously written with a fantastic appreciation of detail and flavor, especially with vivid accounts of the author's firsthand experiences with Fidel Castro.

It is funny and fascinating.

I lost my copy, I want another one. This was a book I enjoyed re-reading parts of again and again.


For information on the book, this site is useful, http://www.nationbooks.org/book/92/Pe...
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Jorge Edwards Valdés. (Santiago de Chile, Chile, 29 de junio de 1931). Escritor, abogado, periodista y diplomático chileno.
Estudia en la Escuela de Derecho de la Universidad de Chile y en el Instituto Pedagógico de la misma universidad, posteriormente realiza sus estudios de postgrado en la Universidad de Princeton. Diplomático de carrera ente 1957 y 1973, ocupa diferentes puestos: primer secretar
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