Cuba: Viaje al fin de la Revolución
Patricio Fernández

NON-FICTION | 2018 | 412 pages

Over the past few years, Patricio has traveled to and from Cuba, taking notes on all that has unfolded since Fidel Castro stepped down in 2006

How does one narrate the end of one of the most relevant political processes in modern history? What is there to note when visiting an island that, slowly but surely, is becoming more modern? Both questions stem from an undeniable reality: an entire chapter of modern history is coming to an end.

With his finger on the pulse of everyday life in Cuba, Patricio Fernández recounts, among other things, the reestablishment of diplomatic relations with the United States, visits by Pope Francis and the Rolling Stones, the death of Fidel Castro and the Colombian Peace Process, and much more. 


This book by Patricio Fernández falls within the great tradition of political and travel books by extraordinary writers of the 20th century such as Naipaul and Joan Didion, because it tells important things in a literary way. It is a book of voices. A consequential book… A critical book that does not deny the achievements of the Cuban Revolution and the political context in which it developed. A subtle analysis that takes into account diff erent voices, a landscape that gives voice to the complexity of the revolution, something that I had not seen before in other books of the same theme.
— David Rieff
A book that hits the nail on the head of the current Cuban joint.
— Jon Lee Anderson
Between long-form journalism, historical narration, personal testimony, travel diary and political analysis, Patricio Fernández’s new book will become indispensable to understand the vicissitudes, ups and downs, triumphs and troubles of Cuba.
— Carlos Peña, Santiago
Patricio Fernández enters the Cuban revolution to end it. But, does he end it? I asked myself this question while I was reading and listening to the voices that populate the book, the talking, the ways, styles that I assimilated to neo-Baroque, stories that are contradictory in its complexity, coming from diverse spaces that are also alike. Voices that questions themselves. People that stayed on the island to think about it, live it or criticize it, hate it, regret it or adore it. The Revolution described by Patricio Fernández is here to end and to stay, to be discussed. From my point of view, it both ends and stays at the same time. The Revolution. Its artifice. Its myth.. Maybe it ended at the precise minute in which the revolution that Patricio Fernandez recalls in his work triumphs. And as José Martí said, was that spark the one that allowed the author to “greet the sun and respect the mountain.
— Diamela Eltit


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