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Cuba in a Global ContextInternational Relations, Internationalism, and Transnationalism$
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Catherine Krull

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049106

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049106.001.0001

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Postcards from Abroad

Postcards from Abroad

The Cuban Special Period through Spanish Eyes

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Cuba in a Global Context

Ana Serra

University Press of Florida

Since the Special Period between 1990 and 2005, Cuba has attracted international attention as the last bastion of socialism in the Western world. Spain is arguably among those countries that have evidenced this interest in Cuba the most. A 1993 decree allowing Cuban writers and artists to publish and exhibit their work abroad opened the Spanish market to Cubans living on the island and caused a veritable publishing boom. These and other changes in Cuba triggered a response in Spain, where the number of Spanish publications on Cuba increased considerably, especially fiction, and public forums of debate in Spain revisited the Cuban revolution. This essay addresses an important aspect of Cuba’s internationalism and transnationalism, namely the way in which the island nation is perceived by other countries, particularly Spain. Novels of two widely popular authors, Belén Gopegui and Rafael Argullol, are used as examples.

Keywords:   Cuba, Internationalism, Special Period, Spain, Belén Gopegui, Rafael Argullol

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