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Operación Pedro Pan

Operación Pedro Pan

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Written by Yvonne CondeAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Yvonne Conde

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Espanol
  • On Sale: October 16, 2001
  • Price: $15.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-609-81115-3 (0-609-81115-0)
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"It's a remarkable episode in cold war history: 14,000 Cuban children sent from the island by their parents in the years after Castro's revolution. Conde was a participant but didn't realize she was one of thousands until she read Joan Didion's Miami, which stimulated her curiosity and, ultimately, this book. Conde sent out some 800 questionnaires and received 442 written responses; she interviewed 173 people, including Pedro Pan children, parents, foster parents, journalists, teachers, psychologists, and opponents of Castro in Cuba. The book's primary value lies in the individual stories, from tearful departure and arrival in Miami to temporary shelters and placement in homes or, in some cases, in orphanages; to learning a new language and adjusting and, in many cases, assimilating; to reunions with parents, adolescence in the '60s and '70s, and adulthood. The book is not particularly well written or organized, but its subject makes Conde's work worth considering for acquisition."—Booklist

Poco después de establecer su dictadura en 1959, y el caos social que resultó de la misma, corrieron rumores que Fidel Castro decretaría que la potestad de todos los niños cubanos sería asumida por el estado. El terror ocasionado por esta posibilidad impulsó a miles de padres desesperados a enviar a sus hijos menores solos a los Estados Unidos donde estos "pedro panes" cubanos sí tuvieron que crecer y madurar, en un país extraño, sin la compañía de sus seres más queridos.

Operación Pedro Pan es la importante e inédita historia de las víctimas más pequeñas e inocentes de la guerra fría.

"Decir que Operación Pedro Pan es un libro fascinante es poco. Se trata de la historia de miles de niños cubanos que no pudieron crecer bajo el comunismo y fueron enviados a la tierra de Nunca-Jamás de los Estados Unidos por sus padres. Muchos fueron felices por siempre en esta versión de Peter Pan, en que Fidel Castro hace una muy creíble versión del Capitán Garfio".—Guillermo Cabrera Infante