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Wed, Jun 26

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Highlands

Journey Back Into The Vault. In Search of my Faded Cuban Childhood Footprints

Join author Mario Cartaya as he dives into one of the most relentlessly complicated, international political dynamics of the last 60 years: the tortured relationship between Cuba and the United States - with Island Cubans and Cuban Americans caught in the middle.

Journey Back Into The Vault.  In Search of my Faded Cuban Childhood Footprints
Journey Back Into The Vault.  In Search of my Faded Cuban Childhood Footprints

Time & Location

Jun 26, 2024, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Highlands, 348 S 5th St, Highlands, NC 28741, USA

About the Event

Join author Mario Cartaya as he dives into one of the most relentlessly complicated, international political dynamics of the last 60 years: the tortured relationship between Cuba and the United States - with Island Cubans and Cuban Americans caught in the middle. He sheds light on the Cuban Diaspora’s collateral damage: including the separation of families, usurped futures, dreams denied on both sides of the Florida Straits, and the process of adaptation and metamorphosis into the new culture, language, customs, and idiosyncrasies of the United States for those who sought refuge in America. His book, Journey Back Into The Vault tells the story of when he first returns to his native country of Cuba, 56 years after fleeing it in traumatic circumstances as a small child. He seeks to reclaim memories lost during his metamorphosis into an American, see what became of the places synonymous with his first years of life, and reunite with the family he once left behind - even if only at their final resting place. Along the way, his seven day journey rewards us with his rediscovery of 1950’s Cuba, its historical contrasts with the Cuba of today, and the island’s challenges going forward.

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