Item description for Inside Cuba by Angelika Taschen...
Fiesta Cuba: living in the Pearl of the Antilles Described by Christopher Columbus as ?the loveliest land ever beheld by human eyes, ? Cuba's sumptuous landscapes are marked by sun-drenched tobacco and sugar cane fields and its cities ripe with music, dancing, and jubilation. Celebrating the relics of Cuba's revolutionary glory days, this book explores everything from the kinds of interiors seen in Buena Vista Social Club to top-notch luxury hotels and cultural heritage sites. Via a diverse selection of Cuban homes, hotels, gathering places, and more, Inside Cuba takes you on a colorful tour of Cuba's most archetypal interiors. Just mix up a Mojito, pop in a Compay Segundo CD, and fire up a cigar?you?ll be in the perfect mood to savor these luscious Cuban gems. Highlights include: ? traditional time-worn homes bearing the patina of generations of habitation ? Modernist houses?including one by Richard Neutra?and artists? homes ? Cuba's best eclectic 20th century mansions ? a sugar baron's grandiose palacio ? Partag's cigar factory, one of Havana's oldest and finest ? the baroque building Palacio de los Capitanes Generales ? the spectacular and futuristic Mario Girona-designed ice cream haven that is Havana's most popular hangout ? a home with a Lalique-designed interior ? the bars Ernest Hemingway frequented, the hotel where he stayed between 1932 and 1939, and the estate near Havana he purchased in 1940, where he wrote The Old Man and the Sea ? Mafia casino hotels ? Don Diego Vel?zquez's Moorish-influenced home where gold was once processed before being shipped to Spain The photographer: Gianni Basso is specialized in travel photography, architecture, and interiors. In 1989, he foundedthe photography agency Vega MG. His work has been widely published in books and magazines. He lives in Milan.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 12.76" Width: 9.76" Height: 1.65" Weight: 7.1 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2006
ISBN 3822845973 ISBN13 9783822845974
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More About Angelika Taschen
Angelika Taschen studied art history and German literature in Heidelberg, gaining her doctorate in 1986. Working for Taschen since 1987, she has published numerous titles on the themes of architecture, photography, design, contemporary art, interiors, and travel.
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One of the most valuable Cuban Architectural books in my library Feb 13, 2008
If you are looking for a book on Cuban politics and history, Look somewhere else. If you are looking for a book full of exquisit imagery and information detailing Cuban life, especially in the realms of art and architecture, this book is a must have. I own a copy of virtually every book that I've ever found on Cuban art & architecture and this is among the top five that I've ever found. Typical books of this quality sell for far more than this and often contain far less useful information. As a graduate architecture student with a passion for Cuban architecture, I refer to this book in my research as well as for pleasure.
The Lost Island Nov 27, 2007
Great book, it has very nice pictures of the architectures of the old colonial and new Cuban buildings. Unfortunately, the writer is very much infatuated with the current communist regime, and spoils all the good qualities of the Cuban art with his left wing preferences. I understand he is the writer, and he has the right to publish what he wants in his book. I do agree with some of the other reviewers, Cuba was a beautiful place at one time. However, like all the communist countries in the world you can see the awful results with the dilapidating unpainted buildings and everything else that comes with it. If you happen to be expose to the current Cuba, and find it fascinating, just imagine what it was like, many years ago before it was doomed by the current backward government. It was the pear of the Antilles! I'm sorry if I sound so right wing. But, I can't help myself. Because, I love freedom, and the good life; something that the envious ignorant left wing liberals never seem understand. The book is not bad. However, it could be much better.
Inside Cuba Mar 9, 2007
Excellent book. Could benefit from more text and specific location information (addresses) but great coverage and good photos. My wife and I used the information from the book on a recent visit.
Another view on Cuba Nov 10, 2006
The book Inside Cuba is very different from others. It gives you a little view inside a beautiful country. Buildings, rooms, furniture everything is if you're going back into time. The regime of Castro stopped the time and you find this definitely back in this book. Almost all the pictures are of very good quality. The only negative point is the lack of political and historical information. But overall it is a good book to get another view on Cuba.
Forgotten jewel splashed to pages May 26, 2006
Great book. No supercover, do not search, and that begins the style. I do not agree, that book displays the misery, serves regime, and that is something expected to be admired by 'leftists'.
For, to me, not unpainted walls, natural (though, yes, not "rich" as it is often understood) people are disastrous. Omnipresent agression of commerce IS.
There is no doubt, those people are more beautiful on inside, than those, who are rather on outside.
And Cuba can be land of clean, magnificent dreams, architecture and interiors for people, by people, ideas, derived from ideals - let it be imperfect, I can understand that part, still book is about departure into the other world. And that journey is impressive. With that book in my mind, I tried to compare it against many others, that were on shelves. I returned home with this book today, definite highlight of Taschen.
If in doubt, open it, and you will feel quickly if it is for you, or not. Hopefully, it is.