Havana Real by Yoani Sanchez
One Woman Fights to Tell the Truth about Cuba Today

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She's been kidnapped and beaten, lives under surveillance, and can only get online—in disguise—at tourist hotspots. She's a blogger, she's a Cuban, and she's a worldwide sensation.

Yoani Sánchez is an unusual dissident: no street protests, no attacks on big politicos, no calls for revolution. Rather, she produces a simple diary about what it means to live under the Castro regime: the chronic hunger and the difficulty of shopping; the art of repairing ancient appliances; and the struggles of living under a propaganda machine that pushes deep into public and private life.

For these simple acts of truth-telling her life is one of constant threat. But she continues on, refusing to be silenced—a living response to all who have ceased to believe in a future for Cuba.


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About Yoani Sanchez

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YOANI SÁNCHEZ, a University of Havana graduate in philology, emigrated to Switzerland in 2002. Two years later, she decided to return to Cuba but promised herself she would live there as a free person and started her blog, Generation Y, upon her return. In 2008, Time magazine named her one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World"; it named Generation Y one of the "Best Blogs of 2009." Spain honored her with its highest award for digital journalism, the Ortega y Gasset Prize. In 2011, Michelle Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton honored her with the International Women of Culture Award. She lives with her husband, independent journalist Reinaldo Escobar, and their son in a high-rise apartment in Havana overlooking Revolution Square. Translator M.J. PORTER lives in Seattle, where she is a partner in a transportation-consulting firm. She co-founded the cooperative website, HemosOido.com, where volunteers now translate the work of more than thirty Cuban bloggers into English, German, French and Danish.
 
Published April 26, 2011 by Melville House. 258 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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In 2004, Sanchez returned to native country Cuba from Switzerland and made herself a promise: [to] live in Cuba as a free person, and accept the consequences. She started Generation Y, a blog chroni

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New York Journal of Books

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“Yoani Sanchez is a remarkable woman.”

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Huffington Post

Yoani's blog, Generation Y, can be read here in English translation.Translating Cuba is a compilation blog with Yoani and other Cuban bloggers in English.

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Denver Post

"Our autocracy produced unexpected results, far from fanaticism or veneration," Sánchez writes in a new collection of her work, "Havana Real: One Woman Fights to Tell the Truth About Cuba Today."

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