From La Closerie des Lilas café in Paris to Sloppy Joe’s bar in Key West to El Floridita in Havana, Robert Wheeler has followed Hemingway’s path across three continents, seeking to capture through photography and the written word the essence of one of the greatest writers in the English language. In Hemingway’s Havana: A Reflection of the Writer’s Life in Cuba, Wheeler portrays the intimate connection Hemingway had with the land, the sea, the people, the culture, and the politic of Cuba.
América Fuentes, the granddaughter of Gregorio Fuentes, Hemingway’s friend and the longtime captain of his boat, Pilar, has said of the book: “Robert Wheeler’s words and photographs have given an honest and clear picture of the Hemingway that my grandfather loved, and of the Hemingway that we Cubans—especially the fishermen from Cojimar, who want his memory to remain alive—still hold dear.”
From the author of Hemingway’s Paris, a stunning collection of photographs and text reflecting the Cuba that Hemingway knew and loved.
A REFLECTION OF
THE WRITER’S LIFE IN CUBA
By Robert Wheeler
Foreword by América Fuentes
Ernest Hemingway lived in Cuba for more than two decades, longer than anywhere else. He bought a home—naming it the Finca Vigia—with his third wife, Martha Gellhorn and wrote his masterpiece The Old Man and the Sea there. In Cuba, Papa Hemingway found a sense of serenity and enrichment that he couldn’t find anywhere else. Now, through more than a hundred color photographs and accompanying text, Robert Wheeler takes us through the streets and near the water’s edge of Havana, and closer to the relationship Hemingway shared with the Cuban people, their landscape, their politics, and their culture.
Wheeler has followed Hemingway’s path across continents—from La Closerie des Lilas Café in Paris to Sloppy Joe’s Bar in Key West to El Floridita in Havana—seeking to capture through photography and the written word the essence of one of the greatest writers in the English language. In Hemingway’s Havana, he reveals the beauty and the allure of Cuba, an island nation whose deep connection with the sea came to fascinate and inspire the writer.
The book includes a foreword by América Fuentes who is the granddaughter of the late Gregorio Fuentes, the captain of Hemingway’s boat Pilar and his loyal and close friend.
About the Authors:
Robert Wheeler has been a Hemingway enthusiast since reading his first Hemingway novel in 1986. For the past ten years, he has been a professor at Southern New Hampshire University where he teaches courses in writing and on Hemingway. He was the recipient of the coveted Excellence in Teaching Award for 2006. He lives in New Castle, New Hampshire, with his wife, Meme, and daughters, Emma and Helen.
América Fuentes is a native of the village of Cojimar, Cuba, where Ernest Hemingway docked his boat, the Pilar, and granddaughter of the boat’s captain and Hemingway’s close friend, Gregorio Fuentes. She lives in Havana.
A Reflection of the Writer’s Life in Cuba
Foreword by América Fuentes
Skyhorse Publishing hardcover, also available as an ebook
On Sale: March 20, 2018 | ISBN: 9781510732650 | Price: $24.99
Praise for Hemingway’s Havana
“Roberto’s words and images of my homeland are eloquently and beautifully balanced and exist in harmony like the ocean and the sky. His images and words are fused with the same magic, elusiveness and beauty of the island of Cuba and its people.”—Raul Villarreal, author of Hemingway’s Cuban Sun
“Robert Wheeler’s words and photographs have given an honest and clear picture of the Hemingway that my grandfather loved, and of the Hemingway that we Cubans—especially the fishermen from Cojimar, who want his memory to remain alive—still hold dear.”—from the foreword by América Fuentes, grandson of Gregorio Fuentes, captain of Hemingway’s boat, Pilar
Praise for Hemingway’s Paris
“Achingly effective.” — Booklist, Starred Review
“Is Hemingway’s Paris ambitious? Yes. Does it work? Absolutely.” — Huffington Post
“By showing us the Paris that Hemingway saw, walked through, and loved, Robert Wheeler gives us a more complete picture than we have had of this legendary and complicated American writer.” —Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University
“This book evokes not only the beauty of Paris but especially of Hemingway’s remembrance of the early Paris years and his formation as a modernist writer. The exquisite photography and the evocative beauty of the prose bring out the very best of what Paris has to offer: past, present, and, forever, the future. Read this book and savor Hemingway’s city.” —James Meredith, president, the Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society
“Wheeler’s photographs of Hemingway’s Paris are a gritty illustration of what Perkins saw in Hemingway’s writing.” —Jenny Phillips, grand-daughter of Hemingway’s longtime editor, Maxwell Perkins
“In this photographic tribute to Ernest Hemingway, Robert Wheeler uses his unerring eye and masterly vision to bring us Paris, city of literature and romance, in a unique and charming way. Inspired by A Moveable Feast, the crisp black-and-white images and accompanying narrative give us an original insight into both beloved city and renowned author. A delightful experience!” —Valerie Hemingway, author of Running with the Bulls: My Years with the Hemingways
“If you’re interested in Hemingway or Paris, this book is a must read.” — Sun Also Rises (blog)
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