Casa de las Américas

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Casa de las Américas

Founded in Havana, Cuba, in 1960, it is one of the major institutions for the publication and dissemination of scholarly, cultural, and political studies in the Caribbean. Since Castro's rise to power it has become a powerful center for promoting national culture, Marxism, and the reinterpretation of history. Casa de las Américas publishes books by authors from throughout the Western Hemisphere as well as a bimonthly review guide. It also is a principal forum for Latin Americans' intellectual exploration of Third World issues. The most prestigious Cuban literary award is given annually by this organization to promising Latin American novelists, playwrights, and poets. Despite Cuba's severe economic problems, its "special period" that came after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989, La Casa de las Americas continues to be a potent cultural force, in Cuba and in Latin America as a whole.

See alsoSoviet-Latin American Relations .


Lie, Nadia. Transición y transacción: La revista cubana Casa de las Américas, 1960–1976. Leuven, Belgium: Leuven University Press; Gaithersburg, MD: Hispamérica, 1996.

Maclean, Betsy, ed. Haydée Santamaría. Melbourne, Australia and New York: Ocean Press, 2003.

Quintero-Herencia, Juan Carlos. Fulguración del espacio: Letras e imaginario institucional de la Revolución Cubana, 1960–1971. Rosario, Argentina: B. Viterbo, 2002.

Weiss, Judith A. Casa de las Américas: An Intellectual Review in the Cuban Revolution (1977).

                                        DariÉn Davis