Books: by Title: Scatter My Ashes Over Havana
The saying goes: you can't go home again. Olga Karman says you must.
No matter how difficult the encounter might be, it gives us perhaps our best chance to come to terms with ourselves.
Olga Karman recreates a vast piece of personal and social history as she describes her flight from her native Cuba amid politicial turmoil, her struggle for a new life in the United States, and an eventful return visit to Cuba some 37 years afterward. Scatter My Ashes Over Havana depicts these experiences with a poet's keen language.
It shows the flight of Hispanic peoples for social and political recognition in Buffalo, a city that receives an especially colorful and sympathetic portrayal.
This is a book about exile and immigration, about the search for identity in a new land, and about a woman's hard work in making a life for herself and her children. It is also, most profoundly, a book about finding home.
"'Who remembers how Havana
glowed at night long ago?' Olga Karman does. And much more, in
this poetic, tactile memoir about loss and the sometimes futile
search for home."
'In Scatter My Ashes Over
Havana, her evocative memoir of exile in the late
twentieth century, Olga Karman has produced a portrait of
feminine courage in the face of political and private adversity.
To a lively account of a Cuban exile's life in the United States,
she brings a passionate understanding of history and a subtle eye
for its nuances."
"Deeply felt and beautifully written, Olga
Karman's memoir undertakes a probing and unsentimental
exploration of the high cost and moderate rewards of exile. A gem
of a book!"
"Scatter My Ashes Over Havana
is a unique story of a Cuban woman's struggle to live away from
her homeland and to assert herself in the midst of dispossession.
With honesty, deftness and dignity, Olga Karman traces the
multiple roles she assumes in her exile, those of daughter,
mother, wife, student and teacher. Her return to Cuba,
harrowingly described in this memoir, represents the triumph of
will over circumstance."