Quotable

I hope that reading it will convince you of the reality that exists in Cuban prisons and you will never again affirm- at least not in public as you have done- that in them prison authorities don’t employ cruel, inhuman, and degrading methods in order to subdue the population.
-from the dedication inscribed in a complimentary copy of Buried Alive*, addressed to Fidel Castro and delivered to State officials by the author’s wife, Laura Pollan, one of the Women in White. Story in Spanish here at Miscelaneas.
*Quick refresher: Buried Alive was written in large part by Pollan’s husband, Héctor Maseda Gutiérrez, one of the victims of the Black Spring Purge.

6 thoughts on “Quotable”

  1. How were they able to smuggle the books through Cuban custom agents? Any help from the U.S. Interest Section?

  2. I don’t know. I first came across this when there was a little ceremony in Havana for its launch. Attending were the head of the interest section, two other American diplomats and a Czech official. That’s the only American involvement that’s been mentioned. Where they were printed and how they got there is anyone’s guess. But I’d say that’s a pretty good one.

  3. I just realized that it’s unclear in the post, but Pollan delivered it to Cuban officials of the state in Havana so that they could forward it to fidel.

  4. rsnlk,
    I didn’t have any problems understanding that Mrs. Pollan delivered a copy of the book to Cuban officials. My question was how all those copies of the book made it to Cuba in the first place. It had to have been through diplomatic channels; otherwise they would have been confiscated by the Cuban government.
    As to the event itself, I must be a bit dense, but I fail to see its purpose. Mr. Pollan’s statement: “I hope that reading it will convince you of the reality that exists in Cuban prisons and you will never again affirm- at least not in public as you have done- that in the prisons authorities don’t employ cruel, inhuman, and degrading methods in order to subdue the population” is a bit naïve. Does Mr. Pollan (and wife) believe that fifo is not aware of the conditions in those prisons? Please! What is Mr. Pollan trying to prove anyway? Is bad enough that many people in Cuba, (and elsewhere) still believe that fifo has been kept in the dark –by his evil generals- of all the abuses taking place in Cuba. Sorry! In my opinion by this demonstration the Pollans are proving THEIR point!

  5. Little Gator, I’m looking for a copy myself. It’s due to be published in Spain next. I’ll let you know if I find it.
    Sorry, Firefly, I didn’t think you’d misunderstood me, but it occurred to me that someone could. As always, I see your point and the potential damage. I don’t think that’s the way it was intended. Perhaps I take it for granted that he knows, since he created the system, so I took it as sarcasm.

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