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Page xix - Havana — they are as Cuban today as they were when they got off the ferry in October 1960. My children, who were born in this country of Cuban parents and in whom I have tried to inculcate some sort of cubania, are American through and through. They can be "saved" from their Americanness no more than my parents can be "saved
Page xviii - ... sustained us for over thirty years. Exile is disconcerting, but after three decades the possibility of return may be more disconcerting still. What happens to the exile who can go back but who decides not to? What does he become then, a post-exile? An ex-exile? After the demise of the Cuban Revolution, the question of what it means to be Cuban in America will become more rather than less urgent. I write out of the need to puzzle out what it means to be a Cuban man living in the United States...