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Over the Waves and Other Stories / Sobre las olas y otros cuentos

A Bilingual Edition

Inés María Martiatu, Emmanuel Harris II (Translated by), Tànit Fernández de la Reguera (Editor)

Hardcover

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Appearing for the first time outside of Cuba, this bold collection of short stories provides an intimate and critical view of Afro-Cuba. Inés María Martiatu’s stories—presented in a unique "split" English/Spanish edition—span postcolonial Cuba of the early twentieth century, the First Republic, the “victorious revolution,” and contemporary life in the streets of Havana. Taking real risks as an Afro-Cubana, Martiatu confronts conflicts about identity, race, marginalization, and discrimination. 
The history of the Caribbean, as part of the African diaspora, is reflected in the textures of life in Cuba, its music, rituals and myths, the Church and Santería, past and present. While race is unquestionably fundamental to the stories, they are at the same time rooted in the universality of the human experience. The vantage is that of an unflinching, yet compassionate observer of society—one who simultaneously turns an introspective mirror on the complicated layers of self. 

Swan Isle Press, 9780974888156, 200pp.

Publication Date: April 15, 2009



About the Author

Inés María Martiatu is a writer, theater critic, and cultural historian. Her other published works include Rite as Representation. Caribbean Ritual Theatre, andSomething Good and Interesting. She lives in Havana.
 
Emmanuel Harris II is assistant professor of Spanish at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. He is the translator of Malambo, also published by Swan Isle Press.