Revolutionary Cuba: A History

Revolutionary Cuba: A History

Revolutionary Cuba: A History

Revolutionary Cuba: A History


"Superb. Vetter's incisive introduction offers one of the first approaches to theorizing women's late modernist literary production as advancing specifically hybrid works located at the juncture of personal, national, and nationalist concerns."--Cynthia Hogue, coeditor of The Sword Went Out to Sea

"This edition, with its finely written introduction and meticulous annotation, opens up new understandings of H.D., the major modernist writer, as she meditates, postwar, on the inner life of Shakespeare, the icon of English literature, and on the women missing from his plays. A beautiful and thoughtful book."--Jane Augustine, editor of The Gift and The Mystery

H.D. called By Avon River "the first book that really made me happy." In this annotated edition, Lara Vetter argues that the volume represented a turning point in H.D.'s career, a major shift from lyric poetry to the experimental forms of writing that would dominate her later works.

Near the end of World War II, after having remained in London throughout the Blitz, H.D. made a pilgrimage to Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's birthplace. This experience resulted in a hybrid volume of poetry about The Tempest and prose about Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Featuring a tour-de-force introduction and extensive explanatory notes, this is the first edition of the work to appear since its original publication in 1949.

Increasingly after the war, H.D. sought new forms of writing to express her persistent interests in the politics of gender and in issues of nationhood and home. By Avon River was one of her only postwar works to cross over to mainstream audiences, and, as such, is a welcome addition to our understanding of this significant modernist writer.


In the production of sugar it is a question of power; sugar is conservative,
if not reactionary.

Fernando Ortiz, Cuban Counterpoint

On July 26, 1953, Fidel Castro and around 160 rebels launched a nearly suicidal attack on Santiago’s Moncada army garrison, Cuba’s second most important military installation. While the attack failed and about a third of the rebels were killed by soldiers and policemen, the episode marked the beginning of a widespread rebellion to oust caudillo Fulgencio Batista.

Not only were the rebels successful in battlefields and city streets, but shortly upon reaching power they launched a radical, socialist revolution—as Castro put it, “under the very nose of the United States.” Defying all odds, all prognostications, and even common sense, the Castro brothers are still alive and Raúl, the youngest, remains at the helm of the revolution they launched fifty-five years earlier. They have survived multiple assassination attempts; a U.S.-backed armed invasion in 1961; an unremitting U.S. trade embargo; the sudden collapse of their superpower benefactor, the Soviet Union; a full-blown economic depression; and the current prolonged state of precarious economic survival.

The revolution dramatically transformed Cuba and its relations with the rest of the world. Former allies became enemies as new alliances were forged. From the onset, the revolution had profound international reverberations. For many in the Third World, Cuba became a source of inspiration and a model for anti-imperialist struggle and alternative economic development. The rebel island exported revolution and personnel and material support to all four corners of the world: Algeria, the Congo, Bolivia, Vietnam, and eventually Angola and Nicaragua. In short, Cuba was changed forever, and in the process, it helped change the world.

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