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La máquina del olvido / The machine of oblivion: Mito, historia y poder en cuba / Myth, History and Power in Cuba
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Publisher Penguin Random House Grupo USA
Publication date May 20, 2012
Pages 260
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9786071116673
ISBN-10 6071116678
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.50 by 8.75 in.
Weight 0.55 lbs.
Original list price $16.99
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En la actualidad, los defensores y opositores del régimen surgido de la Revolución Cubana se encuentran sumidos en una discusión que trasciende los límites de la isla y que obliga a cuestionar la historia oficial y las consecuencias que ésta ha tenido para el desarrollo de esa nación. La máquina del olvido explora esas tensiones de la Cuba contemporánea a través de ocho ensayos. Cada uno de ellos enfocado en analizar la experiencia de memoria y olvido desde un ángulo diferente: ideológico, literario, constitucional, intelectual, socialista, del conflicto entre Estados Unidos y Cuba, de la cultura popular, y de las diversas opciones de futuro que se debaten en la isla y en el exilio. Es ese enfrentamiento entre el modelo de Fidel Castro y las posturas críticas de los jóvenes historiadores lo que está construyendo la nueva consciencia cubana y reescribiendo su historia. Esa consciencia crítica frente al discurso único es lo que despertará (y está despertando) a una sociedad acostumbrada a pasar sus ideas por el tamiz del pensamiento oficial y hará que se rebele contra la máquina del olvido que ha legitimado a ese régimen desde hace más de medio siglo. ENGLISH DESCRIPTION This compendium of essays on the history of ideas in Cuba analyzes the birth of Cuban historiography; the political culture in the island prior to the Revolution; the Cuban constitution and its minor influence in countries that have sought to follow the Fidelist model; and the creation of the single discourse of the Castro regime and its determination to survive. Rojas indicates that the debate amongst Cuban intellectuals is on the rise; that if Cuba is to have a promising future a complete transformation is needed—one that generates a new and democratic political system. A step into creating this transformation lies in the development of new historiographic narratives—unconstrained by the official discourse—to encourage the debate in a society accustomed to screening their ideas through the lens of official thinking. But it is not in the established institutions or in the intellectual work of the new generations that change is to be effected. Thanks to their coming in contact with a pluralized idea of the nation and its history, a cultural decolonization has already begun among the residents of the island. It will be those citizens who rebel against the apparatus of oblivion that, for half a century, has legitimized socialism in Cuba.


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Reprint edition from Penguin Random House Grupo USA (May 20, 2012); titled "La máquina del olvido / The machine of oblivion: Mito, historia y poder en cuba / Myth, History and Power in Cuba"
9786071116673 | details & prices | 260 pages | 5.50 × 8.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $16.99
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