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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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Vigía and the Cuban Nation

Vigía and the Cuban Nation

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Handmade in Cuba

William Luis

University Press of Florida

Ediciones Vigía emerged at a crucial juncture in the history of revolutionary Cuba: five years after the exodus of Mariel Boatlift in 1980 and six years before the onset of the Special Period in 1991. This chapter illuminates Vigía’s embodiment of the Cuban nation midway into its revolutionary cultural process by highlighting its position between extremes. Matanzas, isolated from the official and elite cultures in Havana, had a press that embraced the city’s history of artistic creativity, as well as its tradition of rebellion to create a heterogeneous and transcultural vision of Cuba.

Keywords:   Ediciones Vigía, Matanzas, Mariel Boatlift, Cuba, Revolutionary culture, Special Period

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