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The Autobiography of Fidel Castro

Norberto Fuentes (Author), Anna Kushner (Translator)


An audacious “biography” of the ex-president of Cuba told in Castro’s own outrageous, bombastic voice.

Prize-winning author and journalist Norberto Fuentes was once a revolutionary: a writer with privileged access to Fidel Castro’s inner circle during some the most challenging years of the revolution. But in the late 1990s, as the regime began sending its oldest comrades to the firing squad, he became A Man Who Knew Too Much. Escaping a death sentence and now living in exile, Fuentes has written a brilliant, satirical, and utterly captivating “autobiography” of the Cuban leader—in Fidel’s own arrogant and seductive language—discussing everything from Castro’s early sexual experiences in Birán to his true feelings about Che Guevara and his philosophy on murder, legacy, and state secrets. Critics have long admired Fuentes’s writing; one U.S. article called him “Norman Mailer’s Cuban pen pal.” Akin to Gertrude Stein’s The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, or Edmund Morris’s Dutch, this wickedly entertaining, true-to-life masterpiece is as imaginative and outsized as Castro himself.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • December 2009
  • ISBN 978-0-393-06899-3
  • 6.5 × 9.5 in / 592 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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Endorsements & Reviews

“What makes this account particularly appealing is Castro’s (or Fuentes’) version of critical events and his relations with and feelings concerning historical figures. ... Of course, this isn’t history, but it is enjoyable, interesting, and probably as accurate a portrait as we are likely to get.” — Jay Freeman, Booklist