By Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo
Dissident Cuban author, photographer, and pioneering blogger Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo provides a suite of surreal, irony-laden images and texts from his local urban. His "diary of dystopia"—an unforeseen fusion of pictures and words—brings us towards Havana's scaffolded and crumbling facades, ramshackle waterfronts, and teeming human our bodies. during this ebook, as appealing and bleak as Havana itself, Pardo courses us during the relics and fables of an exhausted Revolution within the waning days of Castro's Cuba.
"It is tough to seize in photographs the soul of a panorama or a urban, possibly simply because they do not have one on my own yet many. Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo's images, and the commentaries they're followed with, trap whirlwinds of souls and provide them to us in such means 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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On a single bad day, we may cross it inadvertently, ending up on the other side. It’s not the government’s fault; let’s make that clear again at the end. It’s God’s fault for delaying our freedom. Or there is no one to blame at all. It was only stroke of theatrical effect. ” It seems that almost all Latin American cities from the colonial era could have been called this. Without columns, there is no city. The Cuban street today is torn between post-revolutionary ruin and restoration—the latter thanks to covetous foreign capital.
Its buildings lean against each other like dominoes, a “static miracle” that defies all logical understanding and can be explained only by an effect of emotional memory. Our capital resists attending its own funeral in slow motion. ” In the ‘60s, Fidel ordered them constructed under the prisons so as to dynamite them immediately if he saw his power endangered. The title of “The Key to the Gulf” could refer precisely to this: there are more keys in prisons than anywhere else. It wouldn’t be strange if Fidel’s super-ego didn’t want survivors of the holocastro in the most irreverent of Cuban cities; a Havana that, with Castro’s cadaver still warm, will erase with a rumba his Revolution’s remains.
If one day Fidel dies (which hasn’t been scientifically demonstrated to be possible), then all the archeological layers of Havana might collide in the Big Bang of Big Brother. From stagnated Castroism with no transition to chaostrism. And our Island will finally be struck by the Apocubalypse. 33: Aura You read an announcement. An offer of this nature is not made every day. You read and reread it. It appears to be directed at you and no one else. Distracted, you let the cigarette ashes fall into the coffee cup you’ve been drinking from in this filthy cheap paladar.