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Impossible ReturnsNarratives of the Cuban Diaspora$
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Iraida H. López

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061030

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061030.001.0001

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Cuban Childhood Redux

Cuban Childhood Redux

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(p.121) 4 Cuban Childhood Redux
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Impossible Returns
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Iraida H. López

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813061030.003.0005

For some, the only possible return in order to recover a sense of cubanidad or Cubanness is through childhood memories. Chapter 4 examines the work of visual artists Ernesto Pujol and María Brito, as well as the self-referential narratives of writers Gustavo Pérez Firmat and Carlos Eire. Except for Pujol, they have refrained from visiting Cuba. Conveying an exilic identity, their works represent an effort to come to terms with a past that did not prefigure the present, given the dramatic changes experienced upon fleeing. The chapter thus addresses issues of rupture, loss, and discontinuity exacerbated by the decision to stay away from the homeland.

Keywords:   cubanidad, Cubanness, exilic identity, Ernesto Pujol, María Brito, Gustavo Pérez Firmat, Carlos Eire

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