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Posted September 03, 2006 by Cuba5060 in Cuban Culture

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An eye-witness look at pre/post-revolution Cuba:
Recently Cuban dictator Fidel Castro temporarily handed power over to his brother, Raul, while he underwent surgery and recuperation from intestinal problems. As the news media reviews the legacy and rule of Fidel Castro, now would be a good time to look a that legacy from the point-of-view of one who lived in Cuba pre- and post-revolution. Oscar Ramírez-Orbea is one who grew up pre-revolution and saw all that his family work hard for be taken by the Communists under Castro.

As the title suggests, this book is bi-lingual, written by a professor who actually was born and raised in Cuba and fled Cuba as a boy with his family. The Ramírez-Orbea family lost all they had worked for when Castro seized private property “for the common good.”


About family, love, relationships, and survival in difficult circumstances in Cuba’s pre and post revolution of the 1950’s and 60’s. A collection of 14 short stories, all in Spanish and English, based on the author’s experiences of childhood before and after the Communist revolution. Lots of nostalgia for those who knew Cuba in the 50’s and 60’s and plenty of humor for readers in general. Includes also many period family photographs that illustrate the stories and bring them vividly to life! and lots of detail of a life gone that all readers will find to be a wonderful reading experience

See more about the book at:


About the Author

Dr. Oscar M. Ramírez-Orbea, was born in Camagüey, Cuba, in 1955. He emigrated with his family to the US in 1966, after completing elementary school in his home country. He longs one day to return to his native city of Camagüey and to all the fond memories it holds for him. CUBA, I REMEMBER YOU/CUBA, TE RECUERDO is Dr. Ramírez’s first narrative work.

Available now from Airleaf Publishing (http://www.airleaf.com) or call today to order your copy at 1-800-342–6068.

§ Product Details

§ Paperback: 392 pages

§ Publisher: Airleaf Publishing; 1st edition (January 10, 2006)

§ Language: English, Spanish

§ ISBN: 1594539553

New work by the same author, published and in bookstores by winter of 2007:

Cuba, Between History and Legend

A collection of short stories based on Cuban legends and unusual histories, all told in thoroughly original and creative ways. All stories are narrated in English and Spanish on facing pages. Includes also substantial background information on the actual events on which the stories are based, as well as references for follow-up reading, and historical illustrations for all the stories. For brief descriptions of the stories, go to http://www.cubairememberyou.zoomshare.com On the market by year’s end. Cuba … like you’ve never read it before!

Por el mismo autor:

Cuba, Entre la Historia y la Leyenda

Una colección de cuentos cortos basados en leyendas cubanas y en eventos insólitos de la historia de Cuba, todos narrados en un estilo originalísimo y de gran fantasía. Se narran todos los cuentos en inglés y en español, en páginas opuestas. Incluye considerable información adicional sobre el fondo histórico de cada cuento, al igual que sugerencias para otras lecturas sobre la misma temática, y se incluyen ilustraciones históricas de cada uno de los cuentos. Para leer breves descripciones de cada cuento, favor de dirgirse a http://www.cubairememberyou.zoomshare.com En venta hacia finales del año. Cuba ¡como nunca te la imaginaste!

  1. Follow up post #1 added on September 04, 2006 by MiamiCuban

    I have no doubt that Dr. Ramirez-Orbea has fond memories of Cuba and that his book offers an interesting view of Cuba’s past as seen through the eyes of one man.  But his isn’t the only reality, and there are also thousands who, unlike him, do no foster these same yearnings for what was lost because they were the exploited ones, those who had no shot at bettering their lives because having been born on the wrong side of the tracks lacked either the money or the connections.  I’m sure their recollection of the past is quite different from Dr. Orbea’s.

  2. Follow up post #2 added on September 04, 2006 by Cuba5060 with 2 total posts

    Dear MiamiCuban,
    I understand your comments but it is painfully obvious that you have not read the book because Oscar Ramirez-Orbea does have fond memories of Cuba; as a young boy before the changes, this is the fondness he speaks of. There is no fondness to speak of after the revolution.

    The 4 years prior to his departure his family had lost everything because they had requested to leave the country, by doing so they became branded and striped of everything needed to survive so they did go through Hell, nobody would hire them they had to turn to the black market to get food, and much more. 

    Not every book that comes out about Cuba has to be about the nighmarish Hell people went through, some try to remember the good times, they was it was before. Most do not forget the pain and Hell their family’s had to go through, and yet others sometimes just want to remember Cuba.

  3. Follow up post #3 added on September 04, 2006 by felix4u2

    Very Moving,  I have not read anything about Cuba in many years that was so heart warming, and based on a young boys memories of his family. It made me laugh and made me cry, It was nice to remember the good things about Cuba I give this a big thumbs up.

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