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Dreaming in Cuban: Introduction
Dreaming in Cuban: Plot Summary
Dreaming in Cuban: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Dreaming in Cuban: Themes
Dreaming in Cuban: Quotes
Dreaming in Cuban: Characters
Dreaming in Cuban: Terms
Dreaming in Cuban: Symbols
Dreaming in Cuban: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Cristina García
Historical Context of Dreaming in Cuban
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- Full Title: Dreaming in Cuban
- When Written: 1990
- Where Written: Hawaii
- When Published: 1992
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Historical Fiction; Magical Realism
- Setting: Santa Teresa del Mar, Cuba; Havana, Cuba; New York City
- Climax: Pilar visits Celia in Cuba.
- Antagonist: The antagonist varies depending upon different characters’ points of view. Lourdes Puente, Celia del Pino, the United States and capitalism, and El Líder (Fidel Castro) and communism are all antagonists to various characters in the book.
- Point of View: Third Person; First Person
Extra Credit for Dreaming in Cuban
From Poem to Novel. Dreaming in Cuban actually began as a poem. After the poem reached 100 pages, García was surprised to discover that she was actually writing a novel, which she’d never set out to do.
Biographical Basis. García, having grown up in New York City with a stronger New Yorker identity than a Cuban one, identifies most strongly with the character of Pilar. In writing about Pilar’s reunion with Celia, García hoped to capture the sense of loss she personally experienced after decades of separation from her own grandmother, whom she finally met in Cuba in 1984.