Havana: A Subtropical Delirium
A city of tropical heat, sweat, ramshackle beauty, and its very own cadence--a city that always surprises--Havana is brought to pulsing life by New York Times bestselling author Mark Kurlansky. Award-winning author Mark Kurlansky presents an insider's view of Havana: the elegant, tattered city he has come to know over more than thirty years. Part cultural history, part travelogue, with recipes, historic engravings, photographs, and Kurlansky's own pen-and-ink drawings throughout, Havana celebrates the city's singular music, literature, baseball, and food; its five centuries of outstanding, neglected architecture; and its extraordinary blend of cultures. Like all great cities, Havana has a rich history that informs the vibrant place it is today--from the native Taino to Columbus's landing, from Cuba's status as a U.S. protectorate to Batista's dictatorship and Castro's revolution, from Soviet presence to the welcoming of capitalist tourism. Havana is a place of extremes: a beautifully restored colonial city whose cobblestone streets pass through areas that have not been painted or repaired since long before the revolution. Kurlansky shows Havana through the eyes of Cuban writers, such as Alejo Carpentier and Jose Marti, and foreigners, including Graham Greene and Hemingway. He introduces us to Cuban baseball and its highly opinionated fans; the city's music scene, alive with the rhythm of Son; its culinary legacy. Through Mark Kurlansky's multilayered and electrifying portrait, the long-elusive city of Havana comes stirringly to life.
A city of tropical heat, sweat, ramshackle beauty, and its very own cadence--a city that always surprises--Havana is brought to pulsing life by New York Times bestselling author Mark Kurlansky.
An affectionate, richly detailed, brief biography of a unique city. Kirkus Reviews An elegant brief history ... related with vast brio and wit. Los Angeles Times on COD A lively, anecdotal, all-encompassing history of Basque ingenuity and achievement. Atlantic Monthly on THE BASQUE HISTORY OF THE WORLD Kurlansky finds the world in a grain of salt...fascination and surprise regularly erupt from the detail. The New York Times Book Review on SALT Memorable, essential, and ... wondrous. The Boston Globe on 1968 Part treatise, part miscellany, unfailingly entertaining. New York Times Book Review on THE BIG OYSTER Kurlansky's telling of this history ... is swift, crisp, and deft. The Atlantic on PAPER