Margaret Randall is the author of dozens of books of poetry and prose, including
Emilio in Angola
Chapter 8 is the first of three chapters featuring short stories or fragments of a novel by three Cuban writers who served on missions abroad. Their writing is nuanced and surprising, bringing up difficult issues as well as feelings of satisfaction. This chapter features the fragment of a novel written by a man who served in Cuba’s war in Angola. Characters are beautifully drawn. The reader will get a sense of what it might have been like for a Cuban in that far-off land with very different culture and customs, as well as ideological dilemmas around the struggle itself.