Leaving Little Havana – Spanish

Adiós, Mi Pequeña Habana  (The Spanish Language version of Leaving Little Havana.)  Escrito por Cecilia M. Fernández

Adiós, Mi Pequeña Habana

(The Spanish Language version of Leaving Little Havana.)

Escrito por Cecilia M. Fernández
Traducido por Gonzalo Ravelo

 

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La revolución arrancó de raíz a Cecilia, con apenas seis años, de su cómodo hogar de clase media en Cuba y la plantó en el vecindario de bajos recursos de la Pequeña Habana en Miami.

Su padre mujeriego se enfocó en reconstruir su carrera, persiguiendo la promesa americana de riquezas y liberación del pasado. Su madre cayó en el precipicio de la locura tratando de mantener a la familia unida y recuperar a su marido. Desatendida y atrapada, Cecilia se rebeló en contra de su cultura conservadora y adoptó la contracultura de 1960 –buscando amor, atención y un lugar propio en los Estados Unidos. Sin embargo, los hijos de los inmigrantes prosperan o se autodestruyen en nuevas tierras. ¿Cómo va a lograr Cecilia vencer las probabilidades?

Mientras que la mayoría de las autobiografías cubanoamericanas giran en torno a escenas de la infancia en Cuba y exploran las experiencias de hombres jóvenes, Adiós, Mi Pequeña Habana, es la primera en enfocarse en una niña cubana creciendo en los Estados Unidos, enfrentándose a los obstáculos y despejando el camino para cumplir sus sueños.

 

 

Leaving Little Havana is the compelling story of a Cuban girl seeking a new life in the U.S. with her family as the Cuban revolution unfolds in the early sixties. ‘Cecilita’s’ personal account, and sexual awakening, is transparent, sad, and triumphant, sprinkled with anecdotes of an emerging Cuban-American landscape. In short, this book is a colorful reminiscence of historical scenes on both sides of the Straits of Florida, providing closure to a Cuban American journalist coming to terms with her turbulent past.”

– Guarione M. Diaz, President Emeritus, Cuban American National Council

 

“Cecilia Fernandez’s memoir of growing up Cuban in Miami is not only fascinating reading, it tells more about the story of Cubans in this U.S. than a truckload of sociology textbooks – and is a thousand times more entertaining!”

– Dan Wakefield, author of New York in the Fifties

 

“Adiós, Mi Pequeña Habana es una sincera, conmovedora y cautivante historia acerca de una exiliada cubana pasando de la niñez a la adultez. Cecilia Fernández escribe con pasión e intensidad, tanto de sus tropiezos como de sus triunfos, presentando frescamente la experiencia americana en el proceso.”

– Les Standiford, autor de Havana Run y Bringing Adam Home

“Cecilia Fernandez gives us a coming of age story told with wide open eyes and vivid details of growing up in Little Havana. Broken-hearted more times than she can count, she gradually finds a path to new beginnings and the infinite promises of the American Dream. A poignant and important chronicle of the Miami Cuban immigrant journey.”

– Ruth Behar, author of Traveling Heavy: A Memoir in Between Journeys

“Every so often along comes a book that seizes you by the collar and arrests you on the spot. From page one, Leaving Little Havana is a brilliant, voice-driven book that will make your heart skip a few beats. My experience reading this book was similar to the first time I read The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros when you instantly know you are reading a classic, a story so achingly beautiful and unforgettable you relish every last word as if it were the buzzing of a hummingbird at your lips feeding you honey. This book is about family, about what happens to family in exile, about how people come into a great world of struggle and manage to get by and survive. The author has a great gift for capturing that world-known enclave of Miami we love and call Little Havana. This might be the book that puts it on the literary map for good and forever.”

– Virgil Suárez, author of Latin Jazz, The Cutter, and 90 Miles: Selected and New Poems