Cuba in Splinters



Translated by HILLARY GULLEY

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Think Cuba, you’re likely to think bearded revolutionaries in fatigues. Salsa. Sugar cane.

Rock ‘n’ roll, zombies, drugs – anomie and angst – do not generally figure in our mental images of a country that’s assumed an outsized place in the American imagination. But fresh from the tropics, in Cuba in Splinters – a sparkling package of stories we’re assured are fictional – that’s exactly what you’ll find. Eleven writers largely unknown outside Cuba depict a world that veers from a hyperreal Havana in decay, against a backdrop of oblivious drug-toting German tourists, to a fantasy land – or is it? – where vigilant Cubans bar the door to zombies masquerading as health inspectors. Sex and knife-fights, stutterers and addicts, losers and lost literary classics: welcome to a raw and genuine island universe closed to casual visitors.


“I took a dollar taxi. I must have fallen asleep right away next to the driver, nodding off against the seatbelt. The flight attendant was another giggling mulata who helped me with my buckle in a flash, right near the zipper of this countryless queer, right at that timeless time to close the doors and fly away from Cuba once and for all. To clear Cuba out of myself forever—another variation on a terrible outcome. The noise was deafening. How mysterious, how miraculous, how shitty.”
                                                                        —from “The Man, the Wolf and the New Woods”

Publication June 26, 2014 • 224 pages
Paperback ISBN 978-1-939293-48-0 • E-book ISBN 978-1-939293-49-7

About the Editor

Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, webmaster of the blogs Lunes de post-Revolución and the photoblog Boring Home Utopics, at one point worked as a molecular biologist in the Cuban Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology. A resident of Havana, he is now living temporarily in the United States, where he gives university lectures about social activism and Cuban civic society using new media.

Hillary Gulley is the recipient of a 2012 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant for her work on Marcelo Cohen’s The End of the Same. She lives in New York City, where she works as a translator.

Table of Contents

Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

Fefita and the Berlin Wall
Jorge Alberto Aguiar Díaz

Epilogue with Superhero and Fidel
Jorge Enrique Lage

Exorcism Zone
Jhortensia Espineta

Cuba in Splinters
Ahmel Echevarría Peré

Havana Light
Lien Carrazana Lau

Skhizein (Decalogue for the year zero)
Polina Martínez Shviétsova

Third Eye of the Madman
Michel Encinosa Fú

Thirty Seconds of Western Silence
Lia Villares

That Zombie Belongs to Fidel!
Erick J. Mota

Dancing Days
Raúl Flores

The Man, the Wolf and the New Woods
Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

In the Media

Sabotage Reviews, November 8th 2014

PEN Ten, August 5th 2014

Hyperallergic, July 19th 2014

PBS, July 1st 2014

Martí Noticias, May 30th 2014

Martí Noticias, May 30th 2014

Dominicana en Miami, May 30th 2014

El Nuevo Herald, May 27th 2014

Diario de Cuba, May 26th 2014

Diario de Cuba, April 29th 2014

Diario de Cuba, April 18th 2014

Generación Latina, April 6th 2014

Neo Club Press, April 3rd 2014

Martí Noticias, March 31st 2014

Contacto Cuba, March 31st 2014

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