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Telex from Cuba - A Novel

Rachel Kushner

Rachel Kushner's mother grew up in Cuba in the 1950s, in the United Fruit Company enclave where Telex from Cuba takes place. Calling on a rich trove of family letters, photos, meticulously kept journals, and historical research, Kushner sets free her brilliant imagination in this profoundly resonant story of a world that was paradise for a time and for a few. For half a century, Americans controlled Cuba's sugar and nickel operations-the country's two most lucrative exports. Between the United Fruit Company's 300,000-acre plantation and the nearby Nicaro nickel mines, Americans tended their own fiefdom in Cuba's Oriente Province. Everly Lederer and K. C. Stites come of age in this world. Each has a keen eye for the indulgences and betrayals of the grown-ups around them. Meanwhile, in faraway Havana, a cabaret dancer and a French agitator with a shameful past become enmeshed in the brewing political underground. When Fidel and Raúl Castro lead a revolt from the mountains just above the Americans' privileged enclave, torching sugarcane fields and recruiting rebels, K. C. and Everly begin to discover the complexities of class and race and the barely disguised brutality that keeps the colony humming. If their parents seem blissfully untouched by the forces of history, the children hear the whispers of what's to come, as Kushner deftly merges the rural and urban dramas. At the time, urgent news was conveyed by telex. Kushner's first novel is a tour de force, haunting and compelling, with the urgency of a telex from a forgotten time and place.

Rachel Kushner's mother grew up in Cuba in the 1950s, in the United Fruit Company enclave where Telex from Cuba takes place. Calling on a rich trove of family letters, photos, meticulously kept journals, and historical research, Kushner sets free her brilliant imagination in this profoundly resonant story of a world that was paradise for a time and for a few. For half a century, Americans controlled Cuba's sugar and nickel operations-the country's two most lucrative exports. Between the United Fruit Company's 300,000-acre plantation and the nearby Nicaro nickel mines, Americans tended their own fiefdom in Cuba's Oriente Province. Everly Lederer and K. C. Stites come of age in this world. Each has a keen eye for the indulgences and betrayals of the grown-ups around them. Meanwhile, in faraway Havana, a cabaret dancer and a French agitator with a shameful past become enmeshed in the brewing political underground. When Fidel and Raúl Castro lead a revolt from the mountains just above the Americans' privileged enclave, torching sugarcane fields and recruiting rebels, K. C. and Everly begin to discover the complexities of class and race and the barely disguised brutality that keeps the colony humming. If their parents seem blissfully untouched by the forces of history, the children hear the whispers of what's to come, as Kushner deftly merges the rural and urban dramas. At the time, urgent news was conveyed by telex. Kushner's first novel is a tour de force, haunting and compelling, with the urgency of a telex from a forgotten time and place.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Rachel Kushner's mother grew up in Cuba in the 1950s, in the United Fruit Company enclave where Telex from Cuba takes place. Calling on a rich trove of family letters, photos, meticulously kept journals, and historical research, Kushner sets free her brilliant imagination in this profoundly resonant story of a world that was paradise for a time and for a few. For half a century, Americans controlled Cuba's sugar and nickel operations-the country's two most lucrative exports. Between the United Fruit Company's 300,000-acre plantation and the nearby Nicaro nickel mines, Americans tended their own fiefdom in Cuba's Oriente Province. Everly Lederer and K. C. Stites come of age in this world. Each has a keen eye for the indulgences and betrayals of the grown-ups around them. Meanwhile, in faraway Havana, a cabaret dancer and a French agitator with a shameful past become enmeshed in the brewing political underground. When Fidel and Raúl Castro lead a revolt from the mountains just above the Americans' privileged enclave, torching sugarcane fields and recruiting rebels, K. C. and Everly begin to discover the complexities of class and race and the barely disguised brutality that keeps the colony humming. If their parents seem blissfully untouched by the forces of history, the children hear the whispers of what's to come, as Kushner deftly merges the rural and urban dramas. At the time, urgent news was conveyed by telex. Kushner's first novel is a tour de force, haunting and compelling, with the urgency of a telex from a forgotten time and place.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Lloyd James

Length:

12h 57m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

04:57


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

01:14:19


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

16:51


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

36:38


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

35:51


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

10:57


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

56:31


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

12:11


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

49:29


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

12:34


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

42:46


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

05:46


Part 3, Chapter 12
Part 3, Chapter 12

22:19


Part 3, Chapter 13
Part 3, Chapter 13

15:46


Part 3, Chapter 14
Part 3, Chapter 14

01:05:36


Part 3, Chapter 15
Part 3, Chapter 15

49:03


Part 3, Chapter 16
Part 3, Chapter 16

01:11


Part 3, Chapter 17
Part 3, Chapter 17

32:03


Part 3, Chapter 18
Part 3, Chapter 18

59:14


Part 3, Chapter 19
Part 3, Chapter 19

21:04


Part 4, Chapter 20
Part 4, Chapter 20

12:29


Part 4, Chapter 21
Part 4, Chapter 21

01:39


Part 4, Chapter 22
Part 4, Chapter 22

14:59


Part 4, Chapter 23
Part 4, Chapter 23

07:35


Part 4, Chapter 24
Part 4, Chapter 24

28:07


Part 4, Chapter 25
Part 4, Chapter 25

29:35


Part 4, Chapter 26
Part 4, Chapter 26

07:00


Part 4, Chapter 27
Part 4, Chapter 27

12:49


Part 4, Chapter 28
Part 4, Chapter 28

28:17


Part 4, Chapter 29
Part 4, Chapter 29

09:55