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Cuba and Venezuela Further Strengthen Ties at Havana Book Fair

  • Venezuela-Cuba Movement's rally against U.S. blockade of the Caribbean island, 2017.

    Venezuela-Cuba Movement's rally against U.S. blockade of the Caribbean island, 2017. | Photo: EFE

Published 14 February 2020

The Cuban literary event presented two books on the struggles of the Venezuelan people.

The 29th edition of the Havana International Book Fair hosted the presentation of two titles that narrate the contemporary political battle of Venezuela.


XXIX International Book Fair Inaugurated by Miguel Diaz-Canel

Venezuelan historian Pedro Calzadilla's "Nine Street" (La Calle 9) was one of the books presented at the San Carlos de la Cabaña Fortress, the main venue of the literary event that began on Feb. 8.

This book is "a tribute to the rebelliousness, courage, and dedication of a group of young women fighting against the dictatorship of Marcos Perez Jimenez during the 1950s," Calzadilla said.

It narrates the adventures of a young Communist militant named Marisabel who fought from the very day of the coup d'état against President Medina Angarita (Oct. 18, 1945) to the moment of the defeat of the Perez Jimenez regime (Jan. 23, 1958).  

"About the participation of Venezuela in the International Book Fair of Havana, Cuba: the brave people eternalized in their books." 

This novel, recently published in Venezuela, "can be read with delight", said Raul Cazal, its presenter in the International Book Fair, which will end on Feb. 16.

The book "Hugo Chavez: Anti-imperialist thought and union of peoples" was also presented. This text gathers 12 speeches delivered by the Bolivarian leader, who died on March 5, 2013.

"Venezuela respects itself" and "It smells of sulfur" are some of the Chavez's immortalized phrases that the reader can revisit in the pages of the book.

Chavez's ideas are sorely needed in times when the neoliberal world is forcing the people to forget their history, Venezuela's ambassador Adan Chavez said during the book's presentation.

Once the Havana Book Festival’s events ended, this same fair will travel to other provinces gradually, to end in Santiago de Cuba next month.

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