Revue de presse
"'A vivid and unusual perspective - well written and enjoyable'" (Library Journal)
"Tattlin's adventures are captivating...[Her] observations are witty and compassionate and the journal is filled with colourful descriptions of the exotic landscape and the charming affability of its people." (Waterstones Books Quarterly)
"'Fascinating and indelible images of the everyday reality'" (USA Today)
"'A good Havana cigar is one that bends, Tattlin learns: fakes break in half scattering dry and tasteless flakes. This journal, surely, is the real thing, packed with flavour, rounded, full and smouldering.'" (Juliet Clough Daily Telegraph)
Présentation de l'éditeur
In the early 1990s, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Cuba was plunged into crisis. Having been subsidized by the Soviet Union to the tune of $3 million a day, the country's economy entered freefall. The ban on the US dollar was lifted, the floodgates of tourism opened and the salaries of Cubans in contact with foreigners went into orbit.
Into Castro's fortress of dollar-fuelled hedonism and communist austerity came the American wife of a European energy consultant posted to Havana, and their two small children. Isadora Tattlin befriended Cubans from all walks of life, gave dozens of parties - even Fidel Castro came to dinner! - and kept a daily diary. The result is a remarkable testimony to a unique period in Cuba's history when el triunfo de la revolucion was beginning to clash with the powerful lure of multinational consumerism.