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The author of Back to Cuba (The return of the butterflies) takes the reader inside what may seem as his visual scope of vivid memories and happenings in the journey of the protagonist of the story beginning with reminiscences of his happy childhood years with descriptions of life as it was in his impoverished industrial hometown in the aftermath of the depression and the reification of colorful characters and customs that permeated his youth followed by life as a student when he confronts the historic events of pre- revolutionary Cuba and it"s turbulent aftermath. The story evolves around real personalities of the process including a brief reveling encounter with the then student leader Fidel Castro. In telling the story the author embodied in Michael has not intended to write neither a political nor a history book, nonetheless develops into the life within the process, as a participant first, including accounts of guerilla warfare, and his life as an exiled artist in the United States. After forty-two years of his exile he reaches a poignant decision of going back to Cuba to witness the dramatic changes of places and people that he can barely recognize after forty-two years; with it he is able to follow the first fifteen chapters of the story with a revealing and provocative insight of the contemporary dilemma of the Cuban exile community and the challenges confronting its leadership. ***The story contained in this book is also a story of love, whether it is love of country or love between real people assailed by deception, separations, disruption of family ties, or by passionate political differences, or the vagaries of fate."In "Back to Cuba" artist Elio F. Beltran shows himself as the gifted author of a significant testimony with a surprising spiritual dimension". Peter Bloch -Delegate- French Academy of Arts, Sciences, and Letters New York City, December 21,2002

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