Cuban Currency: The Dollar and ''''Special Period'''' by Esther Whitfield

By Esther Whitfield

With the cave in of the Soviet Union within the Nineteen Nineties, in the course of an monetary concern termed its “special interval in instances of peace,” Cuba started to court docket the capitalist international for the 1st time for the reason that its 1959 revolution. With the U.S. greenback instated as family forex, the island appeared without notice available to international shoppers, and their curiosity in its tradition boomed.   Cuban foreign money is the 1st e-book to handle the results on Cuban literature of the country’s astonishing commencing to international markets that marked the tip of the 20 th century. in accordance with interviews and archival learn in Havana, Esther Whitfield argues that writers have either challenged and profited from new transnational markets for his or her paintings, with far-reaching literary and ideological implications. Whitfield examines cash and cross-cultural monetary family members as they're inscribed in Cuban fiction. Exploring the paintings of Zo? Vald?s, Pedro Juan Guti?rrez, Antonio Jos? Ponte and others, she attracts out writers’ engagements with the complex commodification of Cuban id.   Confronting the vacationer and publishing industries’ roles within the transformation of the Cuban revolution into advertisement capital, Whitfield identifies a physique of fiction principally attuned to the fabric and political demanding situations of the “special period.”   Esther Whitfield is assistant professor of comparative literature at Brown collage.

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He would come back, as he always did, money in his pockets and love in his heart. And she sat down in a chair to wait. S. dollar — that is, her inability to take it as anything other than a piece of paper, or to interpret what is written on it—marks a crucial turning point in the novel. This is her last moment of innocence, the last in which she will be allowed the luxury of not recognizing the dollar, before a thirty-six-year hiatus that ends in 1995 with a chapter named for Carlos Puebla’s song “Se acabó la diversión” (The party’s over).

Sweet Miracle of Lazarus, what’ll she buy herself ? What’ll she buy? (112) Here Cuca’s proximity to the dollar—it is spread across her face — impedes her immediate understanding of its inscription, but she is soon illuminated, and able to read both the dollar’s wording and its significance. “One” now belongs to a lexicon she knows rather than to another language, and not merely because her lover, el ‘Uan, is its namesake. In stark contrast to her indifference toward a dollar bill in 1959, in 1993 this one presents itself to her as a symbol that is no less than miraculous, for it translates directly into purchasing potential, into the incantatory 40 / Dollar Trouble “What’ll she buy herself ?

It was her first American dollar; she didn’t give it much thought. What’s the big deal? It wasn’t all that different from our money, just a piece of paper in another language. She’d find a safe place for it, and she stuck it deep inside the flower pot where her malanga flourished. He would come back, as he always did, money in his pockets and love in his heart. And she sat down in a chair to wait. S. dollar — that is, her inability to take it as anything other than a piece of paper, or to interpret what is written on it—marks a crucial turning point in the novel.

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