miércoles, 26 de agosto de 2009

For the historically challenged






Plaza de la Revolución, the place so reviled and maligned by Cuban extremists for being the chosen site for the upcoming Juanes's Concierto por la Paz in Havana on September 20 was originally named Plaza Cívica and was finally commissioned, funded and built by none other than Fulgencio Batista himself -after many failed previous attempts- and inaugurated in 1959, just a few months after Castro's revolution, hence the name change.

Contrary to general belief among Cubans (especially exiles), Castro had nothing to do with the project and being one of the largest public squares in the world (72 000 square meters; approximately 216 000 square feet) and its tower the highest man-made structure in Havana (109 meters; 358 feet) it is actually a triumphant symbol of Cuban pre-revolutionary capitalist architecture, enterprise and achievement.



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La Habana, Cuba, Los Ángeles, Estados Unidos
Nacido en La Habana, Cuba, el 3 de diciembre de 1960. Emigra a Estados Unidos en 1980, a través del éxodo masivo de Mariel. Ganador de numerosos concursos de poesía, literatura y ensayo en Cuba y Estados Unidos. Publica su primer poemario, "Insomnia" en 1988, con gran acogida por parte de la crítica especializada y el público. Considerado por críticos y expertos como uno de los poetas fundamentales y representativos de la llamada Generación del Mariel junto a Reinaldo Arenas, Jesús J. Barquet, Rafael Bordao, Roberto Valero y otros.