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This book captivates the reader from the beginning.

It narrates the protagonist's memories from the moment she comes into the world, in the landscape of a peasant village near the cane fields of a sugar mill and a small town.

She delves into how the complexity of being, her thoughts, feelings and personality is built in rural and urban areas, in the local, provincial and national context of her life.

It shows the character's future, contours and consequences, the logic in which her relationships are projected within the family and in society.

It projects and develops the intricacies of her principles and values ​​about freedom, justice, loyalty, truth and the way in which these thoughts and feelings are consolidated... The plot develops in four stages.

In her main character, the Mambisa grandmother appears as the main character, who carves patriotic culture into her spirit.

While her father influences her as a sugar worker and master in her concept of social justice.

The following are staged: the traditional dates of Christmas, the parties, their relationships with the African neighborhood;

the way to break with the norms of family and social behavior;

confronting racial and youth discrimination;

gender relations;

interacting in the diversity of religions, loves, betrayals, friendships, loyalty and disappointments.;

the way she becomes a national basketball champion, being selected to go with team Cuba to the championship in Costa Rica.

Her career was frustrated when she gave herself as a warrior to the Cuban national liberation movement.

The heart of the character's story and his protagonism revolves around, is analyzed and focuses on his fighting methods as a combatant in the student sector of the province of Las Villas in the center of the Island of Cuba and as a clandestine and guerrilla leader in the western part of Cuba. Matanzas, concluding in the capital of the Republic.

The narrative depicts the way in which she influences the conduct and behavior of men, women and families so that they join the revolutionary organization that she leads.

She is about an ordinary girl who becomes exceptional by standing out heroically in the face of harassment, persecution and death in the confrontation with the government and its repressive apparatus.

Memories that conclude with her role in the triumph of the Rebellion on January 1, 1959, the reunion with her family, parents, friends, the small town and marriage at the beginning of a new life at the age of twenty. old.


Gladys E. García Pérez

, Marel, was born on April 25, 1937, in Yaguajay, former judicial district of Remedios in the province of Las Villas.

She graduated from the Bachelor of Political Science at the University of Havana and is a Senior Researcher at the Cuban Academy of Sciences in the specialty of Contemporary Cuban History. She has completed postgraduate studies in History, Marxist Philosophy, and French language.

In her professional training, being self-taught has predominated.

She is a member of the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC);

of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and the Literary Creator in Cuba.

She won the Rockefeller Scholarship at the Cuban Research Institute, Florida International University (FIU) with the Theme Women and Revolution, 1996. She has participated in conferences in Cuba and abroad, and given conferences in Cuba, Mexico City, Guadalajara , Washington, Tampa, Gainesville, Miami, Chapel Hill North Carolina, and San Francisco, California.

She has published her works in Cuba and in the United States.

Among others Insurrection and Revolution.

Armad Struggle in Cuba, 1952-1959.

Lynne Rienner Publisher -- Boulder London.



Volumes I and II.

Associate Editor and Author of the topics of the Cuban Revolution and Gender, Editorial Charles Scribner·s Sons, New York-London, 2012. Guerrilla Chronicles of the West.

Social Sciences Editorial, Havana, 2005;

Woman and Revolution.

“A perspective from the Cuban insurgency (1952-1959)”, in 1959: A Rebellion against oligarchies and dogmas.

Ruth Casa Editorial and Cuban Institute of Cultural Research Juan Marinello, Havana, Cuba, 2009 Confrontation.

Historiographic Debate.

Editorial Requeijo SA, 2005 He has received a literature award for his book: When the Ages came to stand, Editorial Letras Cubanas, Havana 1978 and for his essay: Memoria e Identidad Un Estudio Especifico (1952-1958), Editorial Ciencias Sociales, Havana, 1996. And the Majadahonda Order, by the Ministry of Culture and UNEAC.

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