Tuesday, December 7

North Cuba, South Cuba


Delia Fiallo in Miami, 2014.

Photo: Andrés Correa Guatarasma / Courtesy

EFE.- Where i am, Delia Fiallo must be enthusiastic about following the uprising on her home island that, for his eternal tantrum, then by “invitation” he invaded the nation from where his creations made it known worldwide.

“In exile I discovered that homeland is not only the place where you are born, but also where you fight, where you triumph, where you love and are loved … When I left Cuba, if I did not fall in Venezuela my novels would not have existed, because there they respected my creativity ”, affirmed wistfully in 2014, seeing outraged the bloody repressions in Caracas while Gustavo Dudamel led a party in the presidential palace.

Today to their decent Venezuelan brothers – who are the vast majority – the protests in Cuba generate empathy and terror, because we know as few in Latin America what it is repression, being stateless and emigrating due to hunger in the 21st century. We have seen it, they have not told us. We explain it a thousand times, although an analyst who knows “more” always jumps out and tries to teach us.

Fortunately for Cubans, their opposition has no hidden economic interests –As they would like– or last generation telephones to settle down to “make a homeland” and negotiate “peace” from the keys, no protein, passports or ties. Your options are almost synonymous: misery, jail or death. They have nothing to lose. That’s why they are more dangerous, thank God.

Who do Cubans count on to get out of the longest and most salty dictatorship in America? With the US that has been “watching” for more than 60 years? With Pope Francis who has never hidden his weakness for the Castros? With the UN that has Russia and China in the Security Council, and the Commissioner Bachelet for Human Rights who when Fidel died called him “a leader for dignity and social justice in Cuba and Latin America.”?

No, Cubans only have Santa Barbara or the Charity of Copper –According to their beliefs–, but above all with themselves, with their souls and hides, wherever they are: on their island, in exile, in the graves, in the sea where they have drowned trying to flee, or in the genes of their descendants already diluted with other nationalities.

They will someday triumph on their own, like the Count of Monte Cristo who escaped from jail to impose justice, as only the great and chosen martyrs They can do it.

Soap opera or not, here it is two fierce protagonists facing each other: the “mental Cuba” of the petty that they have embarrassed themselves with their comfortable and outdated hypocrisy. And the “real Cuba” outraged, mangy, forgotten by history, with faith in a dignified future, that from suffering so much, he no longer fears anything or anyone. How long until the final chapter and, above all, who will win?

In this task, no one like Delia Fiallo from Havana can help, after leaving the legacy of being perhaps the most prolific Spanish teacher the world has ever known, with thousands of jobs created and an estimated “two billion viewers”, as reported by the Agency EFE in 2011.

Together we completed her official biography to nominate her for the “Enrique Anderson Imbert Award” from the North American Academy of the Spanish Language in 2015, rediscovering his son Ariadne and Penelope, lost in those days when radio and then TV was the center of the family reunion, and people could focus more than three minutes on one thing. “The great failure of today’s world is that we have little space and time to dream”, sentenced.

Always typing, never on a computer, Delia taught like no one else about loves and hates, dreams, frustrations, humiliations, envies, hypocrisies, lost relatives and late justices. He was absent recently, five days before his 97th birthday. And less than two weeks later, unpublished and almost miraculous news began to arrive from Cuba. Coincidence?

Andrés Correa Guatarasma is a Venezuelan correspondent and playwright residing in New York, corresponding member of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language.

(The Tribunes express the opinion of the authors, without EFE necessarily sharing their points of view)


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