Olga Karman Scatter My Ashes Over Havana

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Scatter My Ashes Over Havana

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This memoir by an eminent Cuban-American poet and professor recreates 40 years of personal and social history as it describes her flight from home and her search for identity in the United States. Olga Karman is a professor and administrator at D Youville College in Buffalo, New York, a city that has already begun to celebrate the publication of this intensely moving book.

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" ‘Who remembers how Havana glowed at night long ago?’ Olga Karman does. And much more, in this poetic, tactile memoir about loss and the sometimes futile search for home." —MIRTA OJITO, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist & author of Finding Mañana: A Memoir of a Cuban Exodus

"In Scatter My Ashes Over Havana, her evocative memoir of exile in the late twentieth century, Olga Karman has produced a portrait of feminine courage in the face of political and private adversity. To a lively account of a Cuban exile’s life in the United States, she brings a passionate understanding of history and a subtle eye for its nuances." —WENDY GIMBEL, author of Havana Dreams

"Scatter My Ashes Over Havana is a unique story of a Cuban woman’s struggle to live away from her homeland and to assert herself in the midst of dispossession. With honesty, deftness and dignity, Olga Karman traces the multiple roles she assumes in her exile, those of daughter, mother, wife, student and teacher. Her return to Cuba, harrowingly described in this memoir, represents the triumph of will over circumstance." —PABLO MEDINA, poet & author of The Cigar Roller

"Deeply felt and beautifully written, Olga Karman’s memoir undertakes a probing and unsentimental exploration of the high cost and moderate rewards of exile. A gem of a book!" —GUSTAVO PÉREZ FIRMAT, Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University

About the Author:

Olga Karman was born in Havana of Cuban and American parents. She attended the University of Santo Tom s de Villanueva until Castro s regime closed it; then she moved to the United States, completing her education at Connecticut College and at Harvard University. For some 25 years Olga has taught at D'Youville College in Buffalo, New York, where she is a professor of Spanish language and literature and the director of community affairs. She has published her poetry in numerous places and in two books of her own. "Scatter My Ashes Over Havana" is her first book of prose.

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