The thirteen-day stand-off between the US and USSR in October 1962 was the most dangerous period of the Cold War. Richard Hollis chanced to be in Cuba as the Soviet troops were arriving, documenting his experiences with a camera, through diaries and letters. Months before, the Spanish novelist Juan Goytisolo had toured the island writing the journals he was to turn into a book. The Cuban film-maker Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
‘Cuba ’62 is timely and distinguished publishing from Five Leaves Publications in Nottingham, a UNESCO City of Literature. Uniquely illustrated and beautifully printed, it evokes Cuba’s hopes in the early years of its vibrant Revolution.’ – The Spokesman (Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation)
‘A riveting account, enhanced by smart typography and artwork’ – Miranda France, TLS
‘Elegiacally evoke[s] a country and a world since greatly changed’ – Brian Maye, Irish Times
About the Author
Richard Hollis is a designer and writer on design history based in London. At the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis he was one of only a few Westerners in Cuba. JS Tennant has been visiting Cuba regularly for twenty years. He was one of the first foreigners to visit the former Soviet missile sites from 1962.