Jos Mart (1853" 1895) was the founding hero of Cuban independence. In all of modern Latin American history, arguably only the "Great Liberator" Sim n Bol var rivals Mart in stature and legacy. Beyond his accomplishments as a revolutionary and political thinker, Mart was a giant of Latin American letters, whose poetry, essays, and journalism still rank among the most important works of the region. Today he is revered by both the Castro regime and the Cuban exile community, whose shared veneration of the "apostle" of freedom has led to his virtual apotheosis as a national saint.
In Jos Mart : A Revolutionary Life, Alfred J. L pez presents the definitive biography of the Cuban patriot and martyr. Writing from a nonpartisan perspective and drawing on years of research using original Cuban and U.S. sources, including materials never before used in a Mart biography, L pez strips away generations of mythmaking and portrays Mart as Cuba's greatest founding father and one of Latin America's literary and political giants, without suppressing his public missteps and personal flaws. In a lively account that engrosses like a novel, L pez traces the full arc of Mart 's eventful life, from his childhood and adolescence in Cuba, to his first exile and subsequent life in Spain, Mexico City, and Guatemala, through his mature revolutionary period in New York City and much-mythologized death in Cuba on the battlefield at Dos R os. The first major biography of Mart in over half a century and the first ever in English, Jos Mart is the most substantial examination of Mart 's life and work ever published.
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