UK-based Cuban Author Gives Insight to Cuba-America Relations in New Book

United States and Cuba's relationship has made headlines in the past few months and Waves takes the reader behind those headlines in a heady tale, mixed with sex, rum, love and lies.

In writing about the beating Havana heart of the 1980’s, José Ramón Torres uniquely captures the lives and loves of a people torn apart by civil unrest and US embargo.

Cuba has been a forbidden land to many Americans for so long – even though they are such close neighbours. It seemed an impossible distance as well to Torres’ characters, who strove for their freedom – but paid a very high price for it.

Waves, which has already been translated into several languages, plots a course through three major Cuban migration episodes to the US. The book also narrates the political wrangling between Fidel Castro and various US administrations. Running through the tight plot is the interwoven story of a Cuban family who decide to immigrate to the US, after it became impossible to realise their dreams in Cuba.

Beginning his book at the historic and pivotal moment that 10,000 Cubans stormed the Peruvian Embassy, Torres goes on to document  how 125,000 Cubans fled to U.S. shores in around 1,700 mostly unseaworthy boats, creating a migration wave that overwhelmed the U.S. coastguard. Many migrants died – reminiscent of the current wave of EU immigration. The boatlift also began to have negative political implications for U.S. President Jimmy Carter, when it was discovered that a number of the exiles had been released from Cuban jails and mental health facilities.

Torres also recreates part of the Camarioca exodus of 15 years before and highlights the subsequent Rafters Phenomenon.

Waves by Jose Ramon Torres, Historical Fiction, 208 pages, ISBN: 978-0-9929684-4-

About the Author

José Ramón Torres was born and raised in Cuba. He completed his university studies in English Language and Literature at University of Havana and a PhD in Education (Language Teaching) at University of Barcelona. In Havana, Vancouver, Barcelona and Cambridge, UK (where he is currently based with his wife and two children), he has worked as a language teacher, translator, interpreter, TV presenter & localisation project/language manager. Before Waves, Torres had published several academic articles on phonetics and language teaching. He has now embarked on his second novel: a journey in the opposite direction to Waves: from the First World to the Third World. |


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