“C” day in the A to Z Challenge commences. My theme for the challenge is Ernest Miller Hemingway (EMH).
Cuba was the locale where EMH lived for the longest time. After many trips to the island (fishing, writing) when he lived in Key West, EMH moved to Cuba with Martha Gellhorn in 1939. Gellhorn was the one who found the Finca Vigía and urged EMH to buy the place instead of just renting. When he and his fourth wife, Mary, left in 1960, they thought they would be returning. Unfortunately, EMH and Mary never did return to Cuba. Only Mary returned after EMH’s death to retrieve a few personal papers and belongings. Castro and his government appropriated the house and everything in it and later the Finca Vigía became a museum, probably the most popular museum for foreign visitors to the country.
In Cuba, EMH hosted many friends and relatives from the United States. On a regular basis, however, he hung around the fishermen and locals. To get more insight on what life was like at the Finca Vigía, I recommend Hemingway’s Cuban Son by Rene Villarreal and Raul Villarreal.
I hope with improving relations between the U.S. and Cuban governments that the country and its people who EMH loved will benefit . . .