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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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Estévez Always Walking on the Grass

Estévez Always Walking on the Grass

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(p.34) 2 Estévez Always Walking on the Grass
Source:
Handmade in Cuba
Author(s):
Nancy Morejón, David Frye
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9781683401520.003.0003

In this poetic essay Nancy Morejón describes meeting Rolando Estévez and Alfredo Zaldívar for the first time, while she reflects on Vigía’s publication of her poetry. She situates her own relationship with her once unsung publishers, who, by opening a new frontier in expressivity, successfully managed to make do with the stifling shortages of the so-called Special Period, a time when Cuba’s printers gave top priority to producing books for mass education. She also discusses Estévez’s art of bookmaking and its historical and spatial contexts in the cities of Matanzas and Havana. Furthermore, Morejón ponders on the significance of nature and death in all of Estevez’s creations.

Keywords:   Special Period, Bookmaking, Alfredo Zaldívar, Rolando Estévez, Vigía, Havana, Matanzas

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