Forty hours of striking accounts conform today
« Cuba : The Island of Deception»
- After four trips to Cuba, the last for a fortnight in December of 2009, this Northamerican-Chilean writer offers an MRI of what is really happening behind the scenes in the much-visited for her loveliness, yet silently captive and long suffering island of Cuba.
- This publication intends to alert the international community to the alarming humanitarian disaster that has already broken loose barely steps away from the south border of the United States of America.
Santiago (Chile), October 2011. A jaunt to Cuba in 2007 with the simple purpose of giving her father pleasure and purchasing a good stock of Cuban cigars for him there marked the beginning of Carolina Oehninger’s first adventure in writing. By then, her interest in giving it a go with her pen already encompassed two genres in tandem, that is, fiction and non-fiction. That is how she became a librettist prior to addressing her project of writing this, her first non-fiction book. The latter happened once she acquainted herself fully with the amazing truths behind the drama of the Cuban people.
For reasons explained in The Island of Deception, Carolina ended up returning to Chile with heart-rending notes on her forty hours of personal interviews held with reliable Cuban citizens who became willing to risk their lives to meet up with her from one day to the next. The courage displayed by those people inspired this author to persevere in the writing of this book. Such adventurous verbal behavior included, among others: the astonishing testimony of Wash, in charge of one of the outlets that distribute the scant staples made available monthly to the famished Cuban people of today in exchange for their meager income; the scandalous deceit practiced by Castro on the Cuban population and likewise on the world at large for over fifty years, as told by Seferina; and the dreams of liberty heartily expressed by Vladi, who might well end up being in the limelight of Cuban politics some day. The latter, hopefully soon, once the Castro brothers shall have shrunk into the past. That is when that nation will begin to improvise its walk back towards a free democracy, groping then for its entry into the modern world as well, after having been cruelly prevented from doing so for all of over a half century.
This book aims to awaken the international community so it gets involved in the drama of the island and for urgent humanitary reasons by now. It targets for the world to intervene in the affairs of Cuba to make the evil Castro brothers topple until they fall out of power there. And this, before malnutrition takes more Cubans to an early grave while their despotic two dictators look the other way after having willfully introduced it there in the first place. The latter goes on as those two tyrants stubbornly continue to promote their failed experiment in marxist-leninism before other nations of the globe. After all, that obviously and crazily interests them both far more than the wellbeing of their own citizenry.
As Regards the Author
As an 59-year old American-Chilean dual national, and before she felt inspired to try her luck with her pen to write ideas of her own, the author worked for long as a trilingual translator of the legal and commercial notions of third parties. This came about after she graduated from highschool in Seattle, State of Washington, and subsequent to translation studies followed at Universidad Católica of Chile.
Carolina presently lives between La Serena (Chile) and Montecito (California). What started off as her hobby of writing has turned into her passion to continue in her three languages of expertise : English, Spanish and French.
It is noteworthy that John Arno went beyond his call of duty at the time of editing the original manuscript, reason being why Carolina generously granted him co-authorship of this book out of merit.