Abandoned Havana by Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo PDF

By Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

ISBN-10: 1632060094

ISBN-13: 9781632060099

Dissident Cuban author, photographer, and pioneering blogger Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo provides a suite of surreal, irony-laden images and texts from his local urban. His "diary of dystopia"—an unforeseen fusion of pictures and words—brings us in the direction of Havana's scaffolded and crumbling facades, ramshackle waterfronts, and teeming human our bodies. during this booklet, as appealing and bleak as Havana itself, Pardo courses us throughout the relics and fables of an exhausted Revolution within the waning days of Castro's Cuba.


"It is tough to trap in photographs the soul of a panorama or a urban, possibly simply because they do not have one on my own yet many. Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo's pictures, and the commentaries they're followed with, trap whirlwinds of souls and provide them to us in such means that our personal soul is transformed." –Fernando Savater

"Some [photographs] have a sly humor, others an summary beauty...Mr. Pardo Lazo resists any effortless categorization."...

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Our poverty in the nineties nearly pushed him out into the street to look for a few centavos above his burlesque pension of five dollars a month. My only consolation is that I managed to stop him. My father never had to drag himself through the abandonment of the Cuban streets or suffer police harassment for reselling flowers or newspapers without a beggar’s license. My father didn’t have to end his days under the sun as harsh as the eyes of our deranged city. My father never learned to say “La Revolución” with conviction, but his eyes would tear up whenever he whispered, “La Habana…” 26: The Capitol of Capitalism The Cuban Capitol began as an imitation of the one in Washington DC and ended up being our scrawny imitation of democracy.

The “enemy’s money” saved our Revolution from ruin, and private businesses prospered. We are still receiving billions of dollars a year in remittances from friends and family abroad. Tourism is on the rise. Many Cubans improved their standard of living, and others even began to help poorer family members in exile. The economy was invigorated, absolutist State control splintered. The Leftists’ critique of the “new” social differences ignores that such inequalities have always existed; now they are just more visible, and it is not the fault of the dollar but of the Revolution.

The Cuban Revolution was a terrestrial, pedestrian phenomenon. It would have dissolved very easily if it hadn’t been for the coastguard encircling the country, blocking outflow, excising the Caribbean, creating a continent, making of the island a peninsula of Asia or Africa or South America. With the end of the Castro regime, the Island can expect to recover its instinct to float, its cork-like constitution. Perhaps, as in Reinaldo Arenas’ The Color of Summer, it will end up sinking into the middle of the ocean, like a barren totalitarian Atlantis.

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