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Author Perez Firmat, Gustavo, 1949-
Title The Havana habit / Gustavo Perez Firmat.
Imprint New Haven : Yale University Press, 2010.

Author Perez Firmat, Gustavo, 1949-
Subject United States -- Civilization -- Cuban influences.
Cuba -- In popular culture.
Popular culture -- United States.
Popular culture -- Cuba.
National characteristics, Cuban.
Cuba -- Social life and customs.
Havana (Cuba) -- Social life and customs.
Americans -- Travel -- Cuba -- History.
Description 1 online resource (x, 245 pages) : illustrations, maps
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-225) and index.
Contents Introduction: so near and yet so foreign -- America's smartest city -- A little rumba numba -- Music for the eyes -- Mad for mambo -- Cuba in Apt. 3-B -- Dirges in bolero time -- Comic comandantes, exotic exiles -- A taste of Cuba -- Epilogue: Adams's apple.
Summary Cuba, an island 750 miles long, with a population of about 11 million, lies less than 100 miles off the U.S. coast. Yet the island's influences on America's cultural imagination are extensive and deeply ingrained. In this book the author probes the importance of Havana, and of greater Cuba, in the cultural history of the United States. Through books, advertisements, travel guides, films, and music, he demonstrates the influence of the island on almost two centuries of American life. From John Quincy Adams's comparison of Cuba to an apple ready to drop into America's lap, to the latest episodes in the lives of the "comic comandantes and exotic exiles," and to such notable Cuban exports as the rumba and the mambo, cigars and mojitos, the Cuba that emerges from these pages is a locale that Cubans and Americans have jointly imagined and inhabited. The book deftly illustrates what makes Cuba, as the author writes, "so near and yet so foreign."
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780300168761 (electronic bk.)
0300168764 (electronic bk.)
9780300141320
0300141327
OCLC # 841170911
Additional Format Print version: Perez Firmat, Gustavo, 1949- Havana habit. New Haven : Yale University Press, 2010 9780300141320 (DLC) 2010017498 (OCoLC)601346826


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