Cuba’s Hidden Treasures

In Print

Ask most Americans to describe the Cuba of today and they will talk about carefully preserved 1950s cars roaming the streets of a dull and dilapidated Havana — the image seen constantly on U.S. television.

To some extent, this image is correct. Over the past 40 years, the U.S. embargo has taken its toll on a city that is now a shadow of its pre-revolutionary reputation as the Paris of the Caribbean.

But behind the closed doors of homes all across the island, memories of Old Cuba still exist in a style of furnishings and decor known as Cubanidad. And it is this Cuba that Caribbean expert Michael Connors explores in his new book, Cuban Elegance (Harry N. Abrams, Inc., $40), which is beautifully illustrated by architectural photographer Bruce Buck.

Read the entire article in the Summer 2004 issue

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