[Marxism] Trotsky’s Pursuer Finds a Pursuer to Call His Own

Gulf Mann gulfmann at gmail.com
Wed Jan 22 18:47:24 MST 2014

About the reflexive slap at Cuba in the pentultimate paragraph of this
review, a friend wrote to me what many readers on this List know--"I can
think of any number of countries in US controlled Latin America where a
writer lives in fear of being murdered, not just put on trial."

> By Leonardo Padura
> Translated by Anna Kushner
> 576 pages. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. $35.
> I don’t know if all this self-incrimination is part of the novel because
> Mr. Padura wants to make the point that in Cuba, writing is an activity
> fraught with fear, or because it is the involuntary reflex of someone who
> has awaited the day of his own political trial. In any case, it stands as a
> clear register of the author’s circumstance: Cuba may be the last place in
> the Americas where being a writer means living in terror.

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