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By Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

Dissident Cuban author, photographer, and pioneering blogger Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo provides a suite of surreal, irony-laden pictures and texts from his local urban. His "diary of dystopia"—an unforeseen fusion of pictures and words—brings us toward Havana's scaffolded and crumbling facades, ramshackle waterfronts, and teeming human our bodies. during this e-book, as appealing and bleak as Havana itself, Pardo courses us in the course of the relics and fables of an exhausted Revolution within the waning days of Castro's Cuba.

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"It is tough to seize in photos the soul of a panorama or a urban, probably simply because they do not have one by myself yet many. Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo's photos, and the commentaries they're observed with, trap whirlwinds of souls and supply them to us in such approach that our personal soul is transformed." –Fernando Savater

"Some [photographs] have a sly humor, others an summary beauty...Mr. Pardo Lazo resists any effortless categorization."...

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And survive they will those who are most insignificant. In what category of crime are we? Better not to think. Better to step on the accelerator of a South Korean Kia or to push a Cuban wheelbarrow full of construction materials. 31: Until the permanent defeat His gaucho silhouette is blurred, his simian forehead with its star. The most popular face on the planet, a pop star Christ. On all the shirts, on all the posters, in all the advertising (even Mercedes Benz’s), on all the Cuban currency of the ‘60s, on all the tattoos, in all the biographies, in all the revolutionary songs, on all the walls (and on the already forgotten walls of the firing squads), in all the classrooms and cages, in all the museums, in all the worst films of exceptional success, in all the slogans: Ché.

Pyramids, esoteric signs, lions and swans, stone flowers than can never rot. Plaques with more than a thousand and one delicate dedications: to mima, to pipo, to our nené, we will never forget you… Our language doesn’t allow us to express more. Death, like love, is that simple. I go to cemeteries like I enter my house. One day I would like to do it naked, my skin in contact with the earth that will one day caress me. Cuban burial grounds are our last territory for sincerity, a place where the historic little social games end.

In Castro’s Cuba, simply having foreign currency, even without attempting any commercial transaction with it, used to be a crime punishable by State Security. Thus were destroyed hundreds, perhaps thousands, of families. In a speech in the summer of 1993, perhaps as a birthday gift to himself, Fidel Castro dollarized the Cuban economy. He consulted no one, and the act was illegal under the constitution, as are almost all his government’s acts. Being an anti-nationalist measure, it was the most popular of all his dictates.

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