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Originally published in New York City inCirilo Villaverde’s novel has fascinated readers inside vxldes outside Cuba since the late 19th century. In this new English translation, a vast landscape emerges of the moral, political, and sexual depravity caused by slavery and colonialism. Set in the Havana of the s, the novel introduces us to Cecilia, a beautiful light-skinned mulatta, who is being pursued by the son of a Spanish slave trader, named Leonardo.
Unbeknownst to the two, they are the children of the same father. Eventually Cecilia gives in to Leonardo’s advances; she becomes pregnant and gives birth to a violaverde girl.
When Leonardo, who gets bored with Cecilia after a while, agrees to marry a white upper class woman, Cecilia vows revenge. A mulatto friend and suitor of hers kills Leonardo, and Cecilia is thrown into prison as an accessory to the crime. There are the elite social circles of European and New World Whites, the rich culture of the free people of color, the class to which Cecilia herself belonged, and then the slaves, divided among themselves between those who were born in Africa and those who were born in the New World, and those who worked on the sugar plantation and those who worked in the households of the rich people in Havana.
Cirilo Villaverde was born in Cifilo in In he was imprisoned for his role in an Anti-colonial conspiracy. In he escaped and eventually settled in New York City, where he continued his political activism against the Colonial Regime in Cuba. Villaverde died in exile in She received the PEN award for her works.
She is the author of Modernity Disavowed: Haiti and the Cultures of Slavery in the Age of Revolution.
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