Cuba

Whatever happens next, Havana will always be Havana

20 May 2017 9:00 am

With more than a million visitors every year, Havana is now a fabulous, half-derelict human zoo, says John Gimlette

Trailing a lost masterpiece through the alleys of Havana

6 May 2017 9:00 am

On 27 May 1939, the German liner St Louis docked in Havana with 937 passengers on board: all but a…

Children in Rose Town in 2008, one of the poorest areas of Kingston, Jamaica , with one of the highest crime rates in the world

The hellish paradise of the Caribbean

21 January 2017 9:00 am

‘Short of writing a thesis in many volumes,’ Patrick Leigh Fermor wrote in his preface to The Traveller’s Tree, ‘only…

Who will save Havana now Castro has gone?

10 December 2016 9:00 am

While American conservatives, including Donald Trump and the Cuban exiles in Florida, whooped with joy at the news of the…

François Fillon’s Thatcherism is both respectable and brave

3 December 2016 9:00 am

It seems perplexing that François Fillon, now the Republican candidate for the French presidency, should be a declared admirer of…

‘The Sombre Malembo, God of the Crossroads’, 1943, by Wifredo Lam

This large Tate Modern exhibition is cruel to Wifredo Lam

17 September 2016 9:00 am

‘My painting is an act of decolonisation,’ declared Wifredo Lam. These are the first words you read on entering the…

A child freedom fighter in Budapest, 1956

1956: the year of living dangerously

13 February 2016 9:00 am

The book of the year has long been a favoured genre in popular history, and is a commonplace today. While…

Fascinating, sexy, improbably compelling and scathingly funny: The Big Short reviewed

23 January 2016 9:00 am

The Big Short is a drama about the American financial collapse of 2008. It talks you through sub-prime mortgages, tranches,…

Ruben Gonzalez (Photo: Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty)

The band that nearly saved the Cuban revolution

8 August 2015 9:00 am

By chance, my first night in Havana in 1987 was the night the clubs went dark to mark the death…

Portrait of the week

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Home Parents would be able to have their children’s passports removed if they were suspected of planning to travel abroad…

From ambrosia to zabaglione — now with added slavery

13 June 2015 9:00 am

This Oxford Companion ranges from the sweet to the decidedly salty, while being the most politically correct reference book you will ever consult, says Paul Levy

Portrait of the week

16 May 2015 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, soon got used to the surprise of the Conservatives being returned in the general…

Letter from Cuba: The tourists are coming – but don’t expect Walmart just yet

4 April 2015 9:00 am

Sloppy Joe’s — which starred in the film of Graham Greene’s Our Man in Havana — was always likely to…

Both Belgium and the United States should be called to account for the death of Patrice Lumumba

7 March 2015 9:00 am

For decades, all the outside world knew was that Patrice Lumumba, the Congolese independence leader, had been done away with.…

What a lost prison manuscript reveals about the real Nelson Mandela

18 January 2014 9:00 am

His long-lost prison manuscript sheds new light on the president’s politics, smoothed over in ‘Long Walk to Freedom’

Alexander Chancellor: The Chinese must save the cigar from extinction

11 January 2014 9:00 am

In Dorchester during the Christmas holiday I bought a two-slice electric toaster at Currys. It was a nice little toaster…

Carlos Acosta, the great dancer, should be a full-time novelist

2 November 2013 9:00 am

Carlos Acosta, the greatest dancer of his generation, grew up in Havana as the youngest of 11 black children. Money…

Exotic Cuban underworld

17 March 2010 12:00 am

Before the revolución of 1959, Havana was, effectively, a mafia fleshpot and colony of Las Vegas.

The ghost of an egoist

17 February 2010 12:00 am

Very long books appear at intervals about Fidel Castro and Che Guevara.