Saint Fidel, the Wise
Surprise! Fidel Castro is a wise, kind, gentle humanitarian – and an intellectual too.
So says Cuban writer Katiuska Blanco, in the first two volumes of what promises to be a very heavy bookshelf-busting multi-volume biography of the great man: “Fidel, guerrillero del tiempo” (Fidel, guerrila fighter of time). These first two volumes alone add up to 1,666 pages.
The highly objective Blanco details how Fidel is a voracious reader who spends much of his time curled up with books by Stephen Hawking and Charles Darwin, two authors he deems essential for understanding human nature – along with Karl Marx. His greatest worry, of course, is how to avoid “ecological disaster” and how to help the human race.
He cares so deeply. So, so deeply.
And, of course, Neither he nor Blanco could be called superstitious. The fact that the number of pages includes the digits “666" doesn’t trouble them at all.
All hail King Fidel el Sabio, Fidel the Wise! Could sainthood or divinity be denied to him? Who would dare to deny it?
A few tidbits from Katiuska Blanco, chancletera extraordinaria:
“Fidel is a man who reads a lot, and he is always trying to figure out how to make the earth produce more, always searching for ways to save his nation, the region, and the whole world from ecological disaster....the ecology is his greatest worry because the future of the human race depends on it.”
“Fidel is a man who manages to make one believe that one is speaking with a close relative, but, of course, one is always aware of the fact that one is speaking with a legend.”
“Fidel is always asking questions about the atom, about time, about the stars, and also about the daily life of human beings.”
Read about it here, in Castilian: http://www.abc.es/20120316/internacional/abci-castro-darwin-biografia-201203161911.html