In Havana beyond the Ruins
, prominent architects, scholars, and writers based in and outside of Cuba analyze how Havana has been portrayed in literature, cinema, and the visual arts since Soviet subsidies of Cuba ceased, and the Cuban state has re-imagined Havana as a destination for international tourists and business ventures. Cuba’s capital has experienced little construction since the revolution of 1959; many of its citizens live in poorly maintained colonial and modernist dwellings. It is this Havana—of crumbling houses, old cars, and a romantic aura of ruined hopes—that is marketed in picture books, memorabilia, and films. Meanwhile, Cuba remains a socialist economy, and government agencies maintain significant control of urban development, housing, and employment. Home to more than two million people and a locus of Cuban national identity, Havana today struggles with the some of the same problems as other growing world cities, including slums and escalating social and racial inequalities. Bringing together assessments of the city’s dwellings and urban development projects, Havana beyond the Ruins
provides unique insights into issues of memory, citizenship, urban life, and the future of the Revolution in Cuba.
Contributors. Emma álvarez-Tabío Albo, Anke Birkenmaier, Velia Cecilia Bobes, Mario Coyula-Cowley, Jill Hamberg, Patricio del Real, Cecelia Lawless, Jacqueline Loss, Antonio José Ponte, Nicolás Quintana, Jose Quiroga , Laura Redruello, Rafael Rojas, Joseph L. Scarpaci, Esther Whitfield
- Genre: Political Science, History
- Subgenre: Political Ideologies / Communism + Socialism, Government / Comparative, Caribbean + West Indies / Cuba
- Format: paperback
- Release Date:
August 2, 2011
- Date Published:
August 10, 2011
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- Online Item #: 13553295
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-68-2088
- ISBN: 9780822350705
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