Castro Attends Presentation of His Memoirs
HAVANA, Cuba, Feb 4 (acn) The
leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, attended the
presentation Friday of his memoirs; a two-volume book titled
“Fidel Castro Ruz: Guerrillero del tiempo” (Fidel Castro Ruz:
Guerrilla Man of Time), at a small hall of Havana’s
The book is a
compilation, in nearly one thousand pages, of conversations
between Fidel and writer and journalist Katiuska Blanco. It
opens with the
Cuban leader’s memories of his childhood and closes in
December 1958, just
before the triumph of the Revolution.
The presentation took place in a nice, relaxed atmosphere
and lasted about
six hours, during which Fidel enthusiastically took his time
personally a number of attendees, among which were old
comrades from the
Moncada military action and the Granma expedition, and
relatives of the
five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters imprisoned in the U.S.
The volumes were presented by Cuban Culture Minister Abel
Prieto and the
president of the Association of Cuban Writers and Artists,
whom Fidel followed attentively as they recounted some of
the anecdotes on
The material is a piece of work of the Casa Editora Abril
house and the Federico Engels printer’s, with photos and
Ernesto Rancaño, who also designed the cover.
Open to conversation and to answer questions from the
spoke about many things: the praiseworthy battles fought by
Latin America and the rest of the world over their rights;
scientific discoveries and emerging technologies; the risk
of shale gas
and the fabulous perspectives of nanotechnology.
Fidel told the audience he reads hundreds of press releases
devours all the information he gets; follows closely the
Venezuela commemorating February 4 the 20th anniversary of
uprising led by Hugo Chavez.
He also spoke about the threats hanging over Syria and Iran,
U.S. and Europe are trying to convince Russia of the
that the antimissile shield was laid to protect that country
threats of Iran and North Korea.
Writer Graziella Pogolotti, president of the Alejo
started the round of questions and told Fidel that he should
writing about his experiences as a fighter and his meetings
Fidel said he is willing to do everything possible to pass
on “whatever he
remembers well”, and added: "I’m aware of the importance of
writing all of
this to pass it on, so that it can be useful.”
Likewise, Fidel took advantage of the presence of relatives
of the Cuban
Five to ask them about the current situation of the men who
unfairly imprisoned for 13 years now.
In closing the meeting, Fidel regretted that time had run
remarked: “I felt very happy, but I like to collaborate with
(who take care of him). And, just to the record, I don’t do
it as an act
of courage but as an act of intelligence.”
As they walked out of the room, Fidel spoke of the phone
Gonzalez, one of the Cuban Five, who had called his wife,
–attending the presentation.