Haydée Santamaría, Cuban Revolutionary: She Led by Transgression

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Duke University Press
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5.9 X 0.6 X 8.9 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author
Margaret Randall is the author of dozens of books of poetry and prose, including Che on My Mind, and the translator of When Rains Became Floods: A Child Soldier's Story, both also published by Duke University Press.
"Randall delivers a portrait that is touching and empathetic, and which should be interesting to novices as well as specialists in Cuban history."--Michelle Chase"Bulletin of Latin American Research" (10/01/2017)
"Santamaría's story is one which should be told, and Randall does so vividly and insightfully." --Publishers Weekly
"[T]he past is sometimes hard to put away, as Randall's loving elegy to Haydée Santamaría shows. ... Her life story demonstrates the heavy costs that prolonged revolutionary struggles can extract even from their apparent victors. A feminist sensibility adds poignancy to Randall's tender, impressionistic portrait of a self-effacing and melancholic yet much revered Cuban fighter."-- (09/01/2015)
"Margaret Randall brings a poet's voice to her work. She captures history, gleans it from correspondence, interviews, and research, but imbues it with an uncommon lyrical quality. ... Both of Randall's recent books make Cuba come alive. These books are well timed with the restoration of diplomatic relations and the easing of travel restrictions. They convey the vibrant history of revolutionary change. They also give human dimensions to the heroes of that revolution, reminding us what they risked, the losses they suffered, and what they were able to achieve." -- (09/01/2015)
"The life of Haydée Santamaría was divided between a few days of heroism and decades of bureaucratic toil. A new biography by the poet and activist Margaret Randall, who knew and loved her, tells stories of courage and sacrifice that sometimes make her sound too amazing to be true."-- (09/15/2015)
"Much more than a straightforward biography of one woman, this intimate account of revolution, bordering on the autobiographical at times, will surely inspire readers to ponder change in their own societies. ...Essential. All levels/libraries."
-- (01/01/2016)
"Haydée Santamaría, Cuban Revolutionary delves deftly into an extraordinary life, tying in the author's own experiences and memories of Santamaría with biographical facts and interviews to present a detailed, yet personal history that speaks not only of the successes of the Revolution, but also the personal impact that such upheaval can bring. ...Margaret Randall has created an engaging book that invites the reader to share in her reflections on arguably one of the most influential, but lesser known, figures of the Cuban revolution."-- (03/08/2016)
"In brisk, gripping prose, Randall makes clear the challenges faced by a woman forging a new society in the second half of the twentieth century. . . . This is a deeply personal book about a heroic woman, written by someone justifiably proud to call Haydée Santamaría a friend."-- (12/01/2016)
"[O]ne comes away with a sense of Santamaria as a principled and humane leader, as a woman before her time, and as an extraordinary, if flawed, human being. Because Randall is a poet her book is more lyrical and personal than academic in its approach. The end result is a book that sheds new light on one of Cuba's most vital, and least known, revolutionaries."-- (09/01/2016)
"[T]his is an outstanding study that explores the complexities and contradictions of the life of Haydée Santamaría, a key figure in the attack on Moncada, rebellion, and revolution. It is written for anyone interested in social justice, women, culture, or Cuba. Readers will certainly not be disappointed."-- (12/01/2017)
"... Randall's book constitutes a superb example of feminist recov-ery work. It is by far the most comprehensive account on this revolutionary woman, who is little known outside of Cuba. Political leanings aside, Randall's book is essential to readers looking to educate themselves, expand their knowledge on or consider a more unorthodox narrative on either Haydée Santamaría or 20th-century Cuban history."-- (09/01/2016)