Yocandra in the Paradise of Nada by Zoe Valdes

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Born during the Cuban revolution in 1959, Yocandra learns that for a woman to survive in the world of communist machismo she must use all her assets--her body, her wits, and most importantly her ability to transform disillusionment into wonder.

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Novelist and poet Zoé Valdés was born in Cuba in 1959. Her two earlier novels, Yocandra in the Paradise of Nada and I Gave You All I Had, have also appeared in English translation. Zoé Valdés lives in Paris with her daughter.
Published May 1, 1997 by Arcade Publishing. 192 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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""There are those who maintain that people throw themselves into the sea over insignificant economic deprivations,"" writes Valdes of young Cubans desperate enough to raft their way off the island, ""but anyone who says that simply doesn't know Cuba, doesn't know the hunger and the terror the Cub...

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