Havana Without Makeup: Inside the Soul of the City (Paperback)

Havana Without Makeup: Inside the Soul of the City By Herman Portocarero, Joaquin Portocarero (Photographer) Cover Image
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Havana without Makeup is the ultimate insider's view of Havana, a wide-ranging exploration of its complex facets as seen by few. Its aim is to capture the soul of a city and a society that have evolved on their own terms at the moment before they face inevitable transformations. Opening on the eve of the announcement of reconciliation between the U.S. and Cuba, the book then looks back at the cultural, political, economic, and religious influences that led up to this historic moment and beyond. Readers are led by a brilliant renaissance man and writer who has been at the vanguard of the city's struggles for more than twenty years. Portocarero's anti-tourist guide to Havana examines the built environment of "the most sensual ruin on the planet" why are large parts of the city so neglected, and what changes may we see over the coming years? Examining all things Cubania-racial issues, la revoluci n, baseball, Hemingway, communism, synagogues, Santeria, Cimarron culture, and much more-Portocarero overturns every stone in his endeavor to bring us inside the city he loves. Illustrated with original photographs, this is a unique and essential account of Havana's history, its present, and what its future may hold.

About the Author

Herman Portocarero is a Belgian-born writer of Spanish and Portuguese descent. He has published more than twenty works of fiction and nonfiction in Europe. Between 1995 and 2017, he was ambassador in Havana for his native country and later for the European Union, and developed a deep professional and personal relationship with Cuba, Havana, and her people.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781933527888
ISBN-10: 1933527889
Publisher: Turtle Point Press
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
Pages: 304
Language: English