Rachel's Song

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ISBN 978-0-915306-87-9
Publication Date
July 1995
Page Count
125 pages
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.5

Rachel's Song

Miguel Barnet

This portrait of the glamorous and energetic world of Havana, Cuba, during the 1920s and 1930s centers around a popular nightspot, the Alhambra Theater, and Rachel, the dazzling star of a troupe of rumberos, rhumba dancers, that performs there.
About the Author

Miguel Barnet (born January 27, 1940) is a Cuban writer, novelist and ethnographer. He studied sociology at the University of Havana, under Fernando Ortiz , the pioneer of Cuban anthropology. Barnet is best known for his Biografia de un cimmarón (1966), the life of Esteban Montejo, a former slave who lived as a maroon after escaping slavery in the Caribbean.  In 2009, Barnet was re-elected to a UNESCO committee on the study of Afro-Cuban culture.

W. Nick Hill is an American teacher and translator. Hill was a professor and the Director of Latin American and Caribbean studies at Farfield University, until his retirement in 2005. He currently lives in Port Townsend, Washington. 


"This is a personal, poetic history of a Cuba that no longer exists." —Publisher's Weekly

"The final portrait achieves an intriguing complexity, as engrossing as it is provocative." —Booklist

"Rachel shines like the glit on the cultural glamour of a bygone Cuba. She's all the more human for it." —New Letters Review of Books

"Barnet succeeds in presenting an extremely complicated world, a world whose complications and contradictions led to a revolution." —Cover Magazine