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Handmade in CubaRolando Estévez and the Beautiful Books of Ediciones Vigía$
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Ruth Behar, Juanamaría Cordones-Cook, and Kristin Schwain

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781683401520

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683401520.001.0001

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For the Love of Beautiful Books

For the Love of Beautiful Books

An Ode to the Work of Rolando Estévez for Ediciones Vigía

(p.15) 1 For the Love of Beautiful Books
Handmade in Cuba
Ruth Behar
University Press of Florida

Rolando Estévez was the founding and guiding artistic director of Ediciones Vigía from its inception in 1985, in his hometown of Matanzas, Cuba, until 2014. In this personal reflection, the Cuban-American author recalls Estévez’s aesthetic and philosophical ideals, explores some of the dozens of handmade book designs he produced over his three decades as director, and looks at some of the authors, artists, and themes memorialized in his designs. The impact of the Cuban Revolution in separating and later bringing together Cubans on the island and in the diaspora is addressed in the author’s reflections on her friendship and artistic relationship with Estévez. Inspired by Estévez to write bilingual poems in English and Spanish, these poems were published in Ediciones Vigía, making Behar the first Cuban-American writer to be featured in these handmade Cuban books.

Keywords:   Rolando Estévez, Ediciones Vigía, Matanzas, handmade book, Cuban Revolution, Cuban-American writer, Diaspora

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