By Heart/De Memoria

Cuban Women's Journeys In and Out of Exile

edited by María de los Angeles Torres
Book Cover

PB: $28.95
EAN: 978-1-59213-011-5
Publication: Jan 03

HC: $76.50
EAN: 978-1-59213-010-8
Publication: Jan 03

208 pages
5.5 x 8.25
4 figures 35 halftones

Remembering with the heart events and people from our past

Read the Preface and Chapter 1 (pdf).


In this moving account of the Cuban Revolution and its aftermath, eleven women who lived through it as children or young adults recall the events of the last forty years. In Torres's words, "This book, which began in Miami, looking toward the island, ends on the island as it gazes toward the exile community."

These poets, artists and scholars represent each post-revolution exile generation. Some left Cuba in the Peter Pan airlift, some left afterward, some never left at all. Others—like the editor—left as children only to return and leave again, disillusioned with both the exile community and with Castro's island. Together they testify to the powerful intersections of memory, politics, nation, and exile.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction – María de los Angeles Torres
2. El Bote – Achy Obejas
3. Reflections – Liz Balmaseda
4. Donde los Fantasmas Bailan Guaguancó: Where Ghosts Dance el Guaguancó – María de los Angeles Torres
5. Not the Golden Age – Nereida García-Ferraz
6. From This Side of the Fishtank – Teresa de Jesús Fernández
7. Through Other Looking Glasses – Josefina de Diego
8. La Salida: The Departure – Mirta Ojito
9. The Recurring Dream – Carmen Díaz
10. Only Fragments of Memory – Raquel Mendieta Costa
11. Words Without Borders – Madelín Cámara
12. Postwar Memories – Tania Bruguera
About the Contributors

About the Author(s)

María de los Angeles Torres is Associate Professor of Political Science at DePaul University. She is the author of In the Land of Mirrors: The Politics of Cuban Exiles in the United States and the co-editor (with Frank Bonilla, Edwin Melendez, and Rebecca Morales) of Borderless Borders: Latinos and the Global Society (Temple).