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Havana good time

WITH MORE AND MORE TOURISTS FLOCKING TO CUBA, MARKUS BIDAUX TRAVELS TO ONE OF COMMUNISM’S FINAL STRONGHOLDS IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF HIS LITERARY HERO — AND IT’S NOT HEMINGWAY
ON CASTRO’S STREET: Markus in one of the clasic cars found all over Cuba

As a teenager, I was greatly affected by Before Night Falls, the harrowing and sexually explicit memoir of the gay Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas. He suffered for decades under Fidel Castro’s regime after smuggling out two manuscripts of novels that were then published outside Cuba. His books were critically acclaimed but resulted in him being imprisoned for “ideological deviation.”

I started re-reading the book to remind myself of the changes that have taken place in Cuba since Arenas died in 1990, taking his own life after being diagnosed with HIV in America.

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