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Sartre in Cuba–Cuba in Sartre

Authors: Rowlandson, William

  • Offers a political and social history of Cuba in 1960 to contextualize Sartre’s France-Soir articles on the country
  • Considers the impact of Sartre on Cuba, both before and after his visit, and the influence that Cuba had on Sartre’s philosophy
  • Looks beyond Sartre’s account to broader questions of state violence, imperialism, colonialism, terrorism, revolution and resistance
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About this book

This book explores Sartre’s engagement with the Cuban Revolution.

In early 1960 Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir accepted the invitation to visit Cuba and to report on the revolution. They arrived during the carnival in a land bursting with revolutionary activity. They visited Che Guevara, head of the National Bank. They toured the island with Fidel Castro. They met ministers, journalists, students, writers, artists, dockers and agricultural workers. Sartre spoke at the University of Havana.

Sartre later published his Cuba reports in France-Soir.

Sartre endorsed the Cuban Revolution. He made clear his political identification. He opposed colonialism. He saw the US as colonial in Cuban affairs from 1898. He supported Fidel Castro. He supported the agrarian reform. He supported the revolution.

His Cuba accounts have been maligned, ignored and understudied.

They have been denounced as blind praise of Castro, ‘unabashed propaganda.’ They have been criticised for ‘clichés,’ ‘panegyric’ and ‘analytical superficiality.’ They have been called ‘crazy’ and ‘incomprehensible.’ Sartre was called naïve. He was rebuked as a fellow traveller. He was, in the words of Cuban author Guillermo Cabrera Infante, duped by ‘Chic Guevara.’

This book explores these accusations. Were Sartre’s Cuba texts propaganda? Are they blind praise? Was he naïve? Had he been deceived by Castro? Had he deceived his readers? Was he obligated to Castro or to the Revolution?

He later buried the reports, and abandoned a separate Cuba book. His relationship with Castro later turned sour.

What is the impact of Cuba on Sartre and of Sartre on Cuba?

About the authors

William Rowlandson is Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the University of Kent, UK. Previous publications include Imaginal Landscapes (2015), Borges, Swedenborg and Mysticism (2013), critical edition of Biografía de un cimarrón (2010), Reading Lezama’s ‘Paradiso’ (2007).

Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)
  • The Invitation to Cuba

    Rowlandson, William

    Pages 1-6

  • Hurricane Over Sugar

    Rowlandson, William

    Pages 7-10

  • Sartre and Beauvoir in Havana

    Rowlandson, William

    Pages 11-14

  • Sartre’s History of Cuba

    Rowlandson, William

    Pages 15-22

  • The Philosophical Implications of the Cuban Revolution

    Rowlandson, William

    Pages 23-28

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eBook $54.99
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Hardcover $69.99
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Softcover $69.99
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  • Due: December 29, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-319-87136-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sartre in Cuba–Cuba in Sartre
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-61696-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-61696-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-61695-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-87136-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 132
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