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To Change the World

My Years in Cuba
Margaret Randall (Author)
247 pages, 52, 6.125 x 9.25
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Subject Area:
Latin American Studies, Biography and Memoir


In To Change the World, the legendary writer and poet Margaret Randall chronicles her decade in Cuba from 1969 to 1980. Both a highly personal memoir and an examination of the revolution's great achievements and painful mistakes, the book paints a portrait of the island during a difficult, dramatic, and exciting time.

Randall gives readers an inside look at her children's education, the process through which new law was enacted, the ins and outs of healthcare, employment, internationalism, culture, and ordinary people's lives. She explores issues of censorship and repression, describing how Cuban writers and artists faced them. She recounts one of the country's last beauty pageants, shows us a night of People's Court, and takes us with her when she shops for her family's food rations. Key figures of the revolution appear throughout, and Randall reveals aspects of their lives never before seen.

More than fifty black and white photographs, most by the author, add depth and richness to this astute and illuminating memoir. Written with a poet's ear, depicted with a photographer's eye, and filled with a feminist vision, To Change the Worldùneither an apology nor gratuitous attackùadds immensely to the existing literature on revolutionary Cuba.

Author / Editor Bio

Margaret Randall is an award-winning feminist poet, photographer, and social activist with more than eighty published books to her credit, such as Stones Witness and When I Look into the Mirror and See You (Rutgers University Press). She and her family lived in Cuba from 1969 to 1980. Randall's previous works on Cuba include Cuban Women Now, Cuban Women Twenty Years Later, and Breaking the Silences: 20th Century Poetry by Cuban Women.


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