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Old Havana’s main cathedral is surrounded by salsa bands and tourism kiosks.

 

Cuba is famed for its pristine beaches.

 
Women of Color in Cuba joined the professional work force in the 1960s.
Purchase Fiction by Cuban Women Writers

 

Cubanabooks is dedicated to providing a discerning audience with the very best in contemporary literature by Cuban women writers, in quality soft cover editions at a reasonable price. Here you will be able to peruse the list of available offerings as it expands and purchase your choices directly from the Cubanabooks site.

 

Mirta Yáñez — Havana Is a Really Big City


Havana Is a Really Big City and Other Stories was released October 2010 (ISBN 978-0-9827860-0-0)

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Havana Is a Really Big City and Other Stories

Poet, novelist, critic, and extraordinary writer of short fiction, MirtaYañez also has worked extensively compiling anthologies of contemporary Cuban women writers.  Her narrative stands out by virtue of a complex yet unmistakable Cuban flavor and a characteristic preoccupation with the social, political, and economic particularities of the island and how these affect los cubanos. Catherine Davies has called Yañez one of the "most outstanding short story writers" among Cuban women.  This groundbreaking collection of her work, most of which is available for the first time in English translation, includes La habana es una ciudad bien grande in its entirety as well as selected stories from Todos los negros tomamos café, El diablo son las cosas, Narraciones desordenadas e incompletas and Falsos documentos. Read more…

 


Nancy Alonso — Disconnect

 

Disconnect/Desencuentro, Bilingual edition was released February 3, 2012 (ISBN 978-0-9827860-1-7)

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Disconnect

Nancy Alonso entered Cuba's literary scene with Tirar la primera piedra (Casting the First Stone) in 1997, followed Cerrado por reparación (Closed for Repairs, 2007 Curbstone Press), which won the 2002 prize for Women's Narrative "Alba de Céspedes." Now with Desencuentro (Disconnect), released in 2008, Alonso makes love in all its diverse facets the essential connection between the twelve stories. Yet each one has an internal disconnect of one type or another, revealing the inherent contradictions of life itself. In Disconnect we have a whole gamut of human relations including lesbian love, unconventional mother and son ties, chance encounters, interwoven destinies and even a dreamed death. Consistently characteristic of Alonso's fiction is her creation of everyday scenes and dialogues that are universally understood yet deeply rooted in Cuban reality. She is a masterful observer of human foibles, revealing missteps and hypocrisy with a sure touch and letting her readers discover the many ways that people connect and disconnect with the world around them.  Read more…

 


Aida Bahr-Ophelias/Ofelias

 

Ophelias/Ofelias, Bilingual edition was released July, 2012 (ISBN 978-0-9827860-2-4 )

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Ophelias/Ofelias

Winner of the Alejo Carpentier short story prize in 2007, this breathtaking collection introduces the reader to the macabre reality painted by Santiago-born Aida Bahr.

Zaida Capote comments: "Many Cuban authors have referred to women's inner world, making it the subject matter of novels, short stories and poems, with not few successes. However, Bahr's book stands out for her rigorous dissection, with stark realism, of psycho-social situations associated with mistaken self-assessments that cause disorders, driving people to extreme alienation."

In a nutshell -- Ophelias is about eight women pushed to the edge of madness. Their stories could happen anywhere -- and they could only happen in Cuba. Read more...

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Forthcoming Titles in 2014

 

An Address in Havana (Domicilio habanero)
By María Elena Llana
Translated by Barbara Riess


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ISBN 978-0-9827860-3-1

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Always Rebellious (Cimarroneando)

By Georgina Herrera
Translated by Juanamaría Cordones-Cook, María Rodriguez-Alcalá and Alexander Michael Cordones-Cook


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ISBN 978-0-9827860-6-2

Leaning toward introspection and self-reflection, Herrera's writing addresses themes of gender and race with an Afro-centric perspective. Read more...


Homing Instincts (Querencias)

By Nancy Morejón
Translated by Pamela Carmell

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ISBN 978-0-982-7860-5-5

The poems in this collection span a broad spectrum of love.
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The Memory of Silence (Memoria del silencio)
By Uva de Aragón
Translated by Jeffrey C. Barnett

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ISBN 978-0-9827860-4-8

The Memory of Silence explores the lives of two sisters separated at the outset of the Cuban Revolution. Read more...

 

The Bleeding Wound (Sangra por la herida)
By Mirta Yáñez
Translated by Sara E. Cooper


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ISBN 978-0-9827860-7-9

Tones of disillusionment and wistful longing permeate the pages of this novel about the passage of time, the city of Havana, and death. Read more...