Tampa : Impressions of an Emigrant Hardback
Part of the New World Diasporas series
In 1896, Wenceslao Galvez y Delmonte fled the violence of Cuba's war for independence and settled in Tampa.
He soon made his new home the focus of a work of costumbrismo, the Spanish-language genre built on closely observing the everyday manners and customs of a place.Translated here into English, Galvez's narrative mixes evocative descriptions with charming commentary to bring to life the early Cuban exile communities in Ybor City and West Tampa.
The writer's sharp eye finds the local characters, the barber shops and electric streetcars, the city landmarks and new Cuban enclaves.
One day, Galvez offers his thoughts on the pro-independence activities of community leaders like Martin Herrera and Fernando Figuerdo.
On another, our exiled bourgeois intellectual author wryly recounts his new life as a door-to-door salesman and lector reading aloud to workers in a cigar factory. This scholarly edition includes photographs and newspaper clippings, a foreword on Galvez's extraordinary pre-exile years, extensive notes to the translation, and a wealth of other supplementary material putting the author's life and work in context.