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Yocandra in the Paradise of Nada

by Zoe Valdes

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Meet Yocandra. She is a woman with an identity crisis. Born Patria, at sixteen she develops a rebellious streak and marries an author turned philosopher who takes her away from her beloved Cuba for some time. She is a wild child, fiery and passionate, just like her homeland. I don't know how to explain the rest of this short novel. Yocandra's second marriage ends in death & so at an early age she is a widow. That doesn't slow her down in the least. She has two lovers, the Nihilist and the Traitor. At best, Yocandra is a handful, and all one can hope to do is just try to keep up with her. ( )
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A short but compelling read about life in Cuba. ( )
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Why something rather than nothing? -- E. M. Cioran
Fear of the future lessens the fear of death. -- Marguerite Yourcenar
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For my daughter Attys Luna, born in a periodo especial
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She comes from an island that had wanted to build paradise.
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"Yocandra, the first-person narrator, was born (like Valdes herself) in Havana in 1959. Now a dispirited, outspoken woman living in Cuba, narrator writes of a reality of 'nothing' that contrasts poignantly with that of a gusana friend in Madrid with whom she exchanges letters. This colloquial, idiomatic translation of La nada cotidiana reflects work's humor and word play. Brief but helpful translator's notes"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.… (more)

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