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By Ted Ferguson

Ted Ferguson has been in thrall to a love affair with the island of Cuba because the Nineteen Eighties. during this quantity he breaks out of the vacationer bubble and tunes into the pulsing middle of Cuba to find the passions of its humans.

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Then he wrote Paradiso, a novel dealing with the emotional struggles of a turn-of-the-century homosexual. There were no thrashing-body bedroom scenes, but in a lengthy passage the hero’s erudite friend spoke of homosexuality amongst the ancient Greeks and feudal Japanese warriors and, quoting sexologist Havelock Ellis, he stated that 75 per cent of upper-crust British males had engaged in homosexual acts. By publishing Paradiso, Lezama, the shining star, transformed himself into a black hole. The novel was banished from bookshops and libraries, and Lezama himself was vilified and shunned by his intellectual colleagues.

When he was standing on the corner, a thief cut the leash and stole his guide dog. The radio news said it was a purebred and valuable for breeding, but not a person in Havana believed that was the reason. ’ I considered offering to buy the cat from him. Five bucks, American. But I didn’t trust Roberto. He was too proud of his deceptions, his cleverness. He would pocket the cash, release the cat and steal it again when I wasn’t around. Roberto and I parted at an intersection. I had a busy summer ahead.

With few repair materials available and little money to purchase those that are, Habaneros pray the cash-strapped Castro government will somehow fund a massive renewal project. Some people don’t pray, they rage. ‘You can still enjoy it [Havana] before it collapses in shit,’ a character says angrily in the Cuban film, Strawberry and Chocolate. ’ Strolling through Centro Habana after lunch at the 31 blue cuban nights Colonel’s, I noticed men playing dominoes on a doorstep, an elderly woman with a bent spine carrying a caged chicken, a pretty teenage girl watching a street shoemaker fix her broken sandal.

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