My Native Land is Memory: An Evening with Oliva Espín

Event Date: September 2, 2021 7:00 pm

In “My Native Land is Memory”, Oliva Espín brings to life the Cuba of her childhood. This is a memoir of childhood and adolescence; tales of growing up in pre-Castro Cuba that vividly and poignantly evoke a long-gone era. It recreates a world that does not exist any longer: Cuba in the 1940s and 50s. Stories about Cuba’s fraught history and political instability are interwoven with personal story in a web of history, family stories, and personal memories. This is a narrative of a young person’s individual struggle for identity and independence agains the background of the country’s national struggle.