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By Jacqueline Loss, José Manuel Prieto

No kingdom in Latin the US has escaped the symbolic impression of the USA to the level that innovative Cuba has. This resistance intended that for about 3 many years the Soviet Union had a call for participation to intrude in essentially all Cuban spheres. With 16 essays by way of well known writers and artists, Caviar with Rum: Cuba-USSR and the Post-Soviet adventure is the 1st ebook of its type to deliver to existence how and why the Soviet interval is revisited nowadays and what this implies for artistic construction and the way forward for geopolitics.

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It seems that the capitalist world has finally opened its eyes to this animation after having ignored it due to political prejudices. An extreme example of this opening is the great success that the Soviet animation series Cheburashka is having in Japan. TV Tokyo Broadband Entertainment, Inc. has acquired the rights to create new episodes for Japanese television, and a wide gamut of merchandising, including a themed cafeteria in Tokyo where objects from the USSR are sold, has been created around it.

Although this cold, serious world seems to have little to do with Cuban idiosyncrasy, without realizing it, these cartoons filled us with utopist, beautiful, poetic, melancholic, dignified, and sad values, which helped us to form our personalities and stimulated us to develop our imaginations, sensitivity, feelings, and moral consciousness of what is good or bad. Upon watching them, I recall images, stories, and sounds from my childhood that I had almost forgotten, and memories previously buried, which illuminate, modify, and mold my ideas of today.

Their entries, like the presentations at the symposium of “Cuba-USSR and the post-Soviet Experience,” illustrate that Cubans’ need to express anger, to mourn, to have a space for catharsis, to memorialize, and not necessarily to simply cast aside and bury—or even celebrate—collectively on an official level. The imprecision of memory, the gaps that our contributors faced upon reconstructing the Soviet-Cuban union, are part and parcel to this volume, and for that reason, we, as editors, decided that it was not our duty to reconstrue reflections and always fill in the blanks where our contributors’ memories had failed.

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