The Havana Papers

The Havana Papers

With a 1958 portable typewriter in his suitcase, the writer wanders Havana's crumbling back alleys, bullet-sprayed museums, and grand hotels.

Winner of the 2016 Eric Hoffer Award for Non-Fiction
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About the Book

With a 1958 portable typewriter in his suitcase, the writer wanders Havana’s crumbling back alleys, bullet-sprayed museums, and grand hotels where the relics of the Revolution and the ghost of Hemingway still speak loudly.

Whether getting grifted while watching a dubiously-billed piano player from the Buena Vista Social Club, dodging grifters and conmen, or wandering amongst over a million marble graves, The Havana Papers offers a rare glimpse into old Havana—a UNESCO World Heritage site—in the 21st Century.

When his typewriter breaks in transit, the writer is forced to reconsider his writing holiday and put his novel on hold, until a new story emerges from the vibrance and history in the Old City—Habana Vieja.

Travel beyond the postcard pictures and vibrant colours of the tourist facade, and into a world forgotten by time’s advance, frozen in a fifties’ imagination, and aching under the strain of modernity. The Havana Papers reveals a complex, contemporary portrait of one of the world’s great historic cities.

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Genres: Non-Fiction, Travel
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication Year: 2014; 2017
Format: Print, eBook, Audiobook
Length: 112pp
Narrator: Michael Daly
ASIN: B00QMV0N8A
ISBN: 1483594939
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Intriguing, twisting, and often quite beautifully detailed and picturesque verbal photo essay of a society withering under an old regime with bygone ideals, misplaced hopes, and amplified fears that provide a rich foreground and backdrop for the narrator’s wandering soul.
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