For a growing number of British holidaymakers, Cuba is a Caribbean paradise, but it is also a land of cutbacks and economic instability.
Stephen Smith comes to live on the island, and his search for the real Cuba inevitably becomes a search for Fidel Castro too.
Before meeting his quarry, Smith travels extensively through the 'land of miracles' in an old American automobile.
His highly-personalised account features a bloody initiation into a voodoo-like cult, dining on giant rat, and checking into the Love Hotel. And he goes on manoeuvres in the Everglades with armed, but not especially competent, Cuban exiles dreaming of a second Bay of Pigs.
With disarming wit and considerable insight, Stephen Smith investigates a country where communism and voodoo coexist, and where the influence of its leader of forty years continues to throw a long shadow.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages, 1 map
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 03/11/2005
- Category: Travel & holiday guides
- ISBN: 9780349119670