Largehearted Boy: Cuban Music Playlist for The Other Side of Paradise
Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura visited New York in February, on tour for the new translation of his latest novel, The Man Who Loved Dogs. In an interview, he was asked about his great passion for music. When he responded, in addition to discussing how music is the great passion of his entire country, he said “one of the large political issues in Cuba in recent years is that we have a president who doesn’t know how to dance.” Raúl Castro’s left feet notwithstanding, music’s importance to Cuba can’t be understated. Rhythm pervades every step of every path through Havana.