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Telex from Cuba

(2008)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
Rachel Kushner has written an astonishingly wise, ambitious, and riveting novel set in the American community in Cuba during the years leading up to Castro's revolution -- a place that was a paradise for a time and for a few. The first novel to tell the story of the Americans who were driven out in 1958, this is a masterful debut.

Young Everly Lederer and K. C. Stites come of age in Oriente Province, where the Americans tend their own fiefdom -- three hundred thousand acres of United Fruit Company sugarcane that surround their gated enclave. If the rural tropics are a child's dreamworld, Everly and K.C. nevertheless have keen eyes for the indulgences and betrayals of the grown-ups around them -- the mordant drinking and illicit loves, the race hierarchies and violence.

In Havana, a thousand kilometers and a world away from the American colony, a cabaret dancer meets a French agitator named Christian de La Mazière, whose seductive demeanor can't mask his shameful past. Together they become enmeshed in the brewing political underground. When Fidel and Raúl Castro lead a revolt from the mountains above the cane plantation, torching the sugar and kidnapping a boat full of "yanqui" revelers, K.C. and Everly begin to discover the brutality that keeps the colony humming. Though their parents remain blissfully untouched by the forces of history, the children hear the whispers of what is to come.

At the time, urgent news was conveyed by telex. Kushner's first novel is a tour de force, haunting and compelling, with the urgency of a telex from a forgotten time and place.


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Hardback Editions

August 2015 : UK Hardback

Title: Telex From Cuba
Author(s): Rachel Kushner
ISBN: 1-4448-2492-9 / 978-1-4448-2492-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Charnwood
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March 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: Telex from Cuba (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic Series)
Author(s): Rachel Kushner
ISBN: 1-4104-1391-8 / 978-1-4104-1391-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
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July 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: Telex from Cuba: A Novel
Author(s): Rachel Kushner
ISBN: 1-4165-6103-X / 978-1-4165-6103-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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Paperback Editions

February 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Telex from Cuba
Author(s): Rachel Kushner
ISBN: 0-09-958699-1 / 978-0-09-958699-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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June 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Telex from Cuba: A Novel
Author(s): Rachel Kushner
ISBN: 1-4165-6104-8 / 978-1-4165-6104-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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Audio Editions

November 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Telex from Cuba: A Novel
Author(s): Rachel Kushner
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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November 2008 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Telex from Cuba: A Novel
Author(s): Rachel Kushner
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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August 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Telex from Cuba: A Novel
Author(s): Rachel Kushner
ISBN: 1-4001-0834-9 / 978-1-4001-0834-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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August 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Telex from Cuba: A Novel
Author(s): Rachel Kushner
ISBN: 1-4001-3834-5 / 978-1-4001-3834-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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August 2008 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Telex from Cuba: A Novel
Author(s): Rachel Kushner
ISBN: 1-4001-5834-6 / 978-1-4001-5834-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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Kindle Editions

June 2014 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Telex from Cuba
Author(s): Rachel Kushner
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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July 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Telex from Cuba: A Novel
Author(s): Rachel Kushner
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA