Today we wish writer and activist Margaret Randall best wishes on her eightieth birthday. To celebrate, we are offering a 30% discount on her in-stock books with coupon E16MRBDY.
Randall has lived an exciting life, living among New York’s abstract expressionists in the 1950s and early ’60s, sharing the rebellion of the Beats, participating in the Mexican student movement of 1968, living in Cuba during the second decade of that country’s revolution (1969-1980), residing in Nicaragua during the first four years of the Sandinista project (1980-1984), and visiting North Vietnam during the last months of the war there (1974). In the 1980s she fought a five-year battle to regain her U.S. citizenship, after the U.S. government attempted to deport her. In 1990 she was awarded the Lillian Hellman and Dashiell Hammett grant for writers victimized by political repression; and in 2004 was the first recipient of PEN New Mexico’s Dorothy Doyle Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing and Human Rights Activism.
Randall has published over 100 books, and we’re pleased that she has chosen to publish some of her most recent titles with us. Her editor Gisela Fosado says, “Looking back, it was a pretty gutsy move to contact Margaret Randall to work with me as an editor. I was just starting out in my book publishing career and I hadn’t edited a single book. And yet here I was, contacting one of the most prominent, eloquent and prolific authors writing about revolutionary Latin America to see if she would consider working with me. Margaret and I immediately connected and she made me feel like I was one of the best editors she ever had. She launched my confidence and my career. Four years and five Duke books later, I can’t imagine living life without Margaret as one of my closest friends.”
Che on My Mind is the first book of Margaret Randall’s that we published, in 2013. The book is an impressionistic look at the life, death, and legacy of Che Guevara. Recalling an era and this figure, Randall writes, “I am old enough to remember the world in which [Che] lived. I was part of that world, and it remains a part of me.” Writing about the book in Left History, Budd Hall said, “Perhaps only a poet could capture the complexities of the life, lives, myth and myths of Che. . . . [I]n the able and creative capacities of Margaret Randall, the many verses of Che’s life are woven into an epic poem.”
In 2015, we published Haydée Santamaría, Cuban Revolutionary: She Led by Transgression. In this intimate portrait, Margaret Randall tells the story of her friend Haydée Santamaría, the only woman to participate in every phase of the Cuban Revolution. Although unknown outside Cuba, Santamaría was part of Fidel Castro’s inner circle and played a key role in post-revolutionary Cuba’s political and artistic development.
Randall is also well known as a translator, and in 2015 we published her translation of When Rains Became Floods: A Child Soldier’s Story by Lurgio Gavilán Sánchez. As a child soldier, Gavilán Sánchez fought for both the Peruvian guerilla insurgency Shining Path and the Peruvian military during the Peruvian Civil War. After escaping the war, he became a Franciscan priest. His book is being made into a movie in Peru.
This fall, we’ve brought out Randall’s Only the Road/Solo el camino: Eight Decades of Cuban Poetry. Featuring her translations of the work of over fifty poets from diverse backgrounds born between 1902 and 1981, it is the most complete bilingual anthology of Cuban poetry available to an English readership.
This spring we are excited to be publishing Randall’s next book, Exporting Revolution: Cuba’s Global Solidarity. In this timely book, Randall explores the Cuban Revolution’s impact on the outside world, tracing Cuba’s international outreach in healthcare, disaster relief, education, literature, art, liberation struggles, and sports to show how this outreach is a fundamental characteristic of the Revolution and of Cuban society. It will be out in April 2017.
Happy Birthday, Margaret Randall! Thank you for all these books and for all your hard work promoting them. We look forward to your next project.
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