Thursday, August 13, 2009
Colas en Cuba Libro del autor intelectual Fidel Castro ( no Jose Marti )
Dictionary of Castro's thoughts published in Cuba
Former president's sayings released to eager crowds of book-buyers
Alison Flood and agencies
guardian.co.uk, Monday 10 August 2009 13.21 BST
This season's must-read ... People queue for a copy of the Dictionary of Fidel Castro's Thoughts. Photograph: Enrique de la Osa/Reuters
A Little Red Book-esque collection of Fidel Castro's thoughts has been published in Cuba.
The Diccionario de pensamientos de Fidel Castro, or Dictionary of Fidel Castro's Thoughts, runs to 339 pages and contains 1,978 of the former Cuban president's sayings, taken from the speeches, statements and writings he gave during the 49 years he ran the country. Arranged alphabetically, it will "provide readers with an extremely valuable tool for ideological debate in the contemporary world and in the task of constructing socialism in Cuba," said official state newspaper Granma.
The BBC reported that hundreds of people turned up to buy a copy of the book when it was launched on Saturday in Havana as part of the celebrations marking Castro's 83rd birthday on 13 August. Compiled by Salomón Susi Sarfati, entry headings include "unemployment", "history" and "enemy".
Castro stepped down in July 2006 to undergo emergency surgery, and has not been seen in public since, handing over the presidency to his younger brother Raùl in February 2008.