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By Iraida H. Lopez

“Soulfully researched and assuredly written, the private and the serious converge right into a studying of Cuban American memoirs by means of ‘one-and-a-halfers,’ these in a iteration who left the island in formative years and early adolescence.”—Eliana S. Rivero, writer of Discursos desde l. a. diáspora
“Timely and salient. as well as tracing the trajectory of narratives of go back, this learn places into reduction the concept there's no singular means of return.”—Andrea O’Reilly Herrera, writer of Cuban Artists around the Diaspora: atmosphere the Tent opposed to the House
“Outstanding. López’s interpretation of the narratives of the émigré’s genuine or imagined returns to their fatherland is insightful, delicate, good documented, and expert by way of present debates approximately diasporas, exile, transnationalism, and identity.”—Jorge Duany, writer of Blurred Borders: Transnational Migration among the Hispanic Caribbean and the United States
whereas the tales and resettlement styles of Cubans who've left their domestic island were largely documented, the topic of go back within the Cuban diaspora continues to be understudied.

during this one of a kind quantity, Iraida López explores numerous narratives of go back by means of those that left Cuba as little ones or teens. together with memoirs, semi-autobiographical fiction, and visible arts, a lot of those bills function a actual arrival at the island whereas others depict a metaphorical or vicarious event by way of fictional characters or formative years recollections. As two-way migration raises within the post-Cold conflict interval, lots of those narratives placed to the attempt the bounds of nationwide identity.

via a serious studying of works by way of Cuban American artists and writers like María Brito, Ruth Behar, Carlos ireland, Cristina García, Ana Mendieta, Gustavo Pérez Firmat, Ernesto Pujol, Achy Obejas, and Ana Menéndez, López highlights the affective ties in addition to the tensions underlying the connection among returning matters and their local state. Impossible Returns additionally seems at how Cubans nonetheless residing at the island depict returning émigrés of their personal narratives, addressing works by means of Jesús Díaz, Humberto Solás, Carlos Acosta, Nancy Alonso, Leonardo Padura, and others. Blurring the traces among disciplines and geographic borders, this ebook underscores the centrality of Cuba for its diaspora and bears implications for different international locations with common populations in exile.

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They clung to an intact vision of Cuba that interfered with the adaptation process in the host society. The family’s wait-and-see attitude in a Miami that felt like a halfway house in the end thwarted their cohesiveness as a unit, for each member of the family had to find his or her way out of the cultivated memory trap. Over time, the fantasy of return relished by the first waves of exiles would give way to the actual return of many, though ironically not of those identified more closely with an exile ideology.

S. businesses. It then drifted toward the Soviet Union. In addition to the already tense internal struggle among social classes and political factions, Cubans were inextricably caught up in the confrontation between the two Cold War superpowers. There was no easy way out. No Cubans were untouched, including children. In 1960, rumors began to spread that the government would curb parental rights in order to facilitate the indoctrination of Cuban minors. S. Department of State and, some argue, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), was introduced as a 36 · Impossible Returns result with the ostensible purpose of saving as many children as possible from the clutches of communism.

Returning as a line of inquiry has largely eluded Cuban studies. In “Distancia no quiere decir olvido: Viajes a la semilla,” Uva de Aragón laments the fact that the return of many Cubans who were forced to leave their homeland over the last century-and-a-half has received neither the reflection it deserves nor the positive evaluation it warrants (204–5). Given its strategic position in the Caribbean and its history of colonialism, bouts of dictatorship, and foreign interventions, Cuba has withstood more than its share of one- and two-way journeys.

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