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  • Published: 1 February 2014
  • ISBN: 9780099586999
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $19.99

Telex from Cuba

The New York Times bestselling debut novel by the author of the Folio Prize shortlisted The Flamethrowers




Fidel and Raúl Castro are in the hills, descending only to burn sugarcane plantations and recruit rebels.

Rachel K is in Havana's Cabaret Tokio, entangled with a French agitator trying to escape his shameful past.

Everly and K.C. are growing up in the dying days of a crumbling US colony, about to discover the cruelty and violence that have created their childhood idyll.

  • Published: 1 February 2014
  • ISBN: 9780099586999
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Rachel Kushner

Rachel Kushner is the author of The Mars Room, which was shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize. Her previous novels, Telex from Cuba and The Flamethrowers, were both New York Times bestsellers and finalists for the National Book Award. Her fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s and the Paris Review. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Praise for Telex from Cuba

Rachel Kushner’s debut novel is an absolute blinder... Like the sea which surrounds Cuba, Telex From Cuba is ever-shifting, and it is luminous

The Times

If you relish glittering language that pursues emotional and political truth, you'll be enthralled by Telex from Cuba... the atmosphere seethes and crackles... [a] lush, intoxicating book


Telex from Cuba is epic and enjoyable: the style is lush and precise; the parties and cookouts, the drinks and affairs are beautiful and poignant, full of the pleasures of wealth overshadowed by loss.

Anne Enright, Guardian

Fascinating and vividly detailed... You can almost feel the heat radiating from the page: the air is mosquito-thick and tainted with a nickel oxide haze, the tropical landscape a character in its own right


A piece of fiction quite breathtaking in its assurance […] a beautifully weighted treatise on colonial attitudes, capitalism, racism and the interactions and divisions between cultures and classes

Billy O'Callaghan, Irish Examiner

A lush, meticulous, cinematic debut novel


Kushner evokes a dreamlike paradise... A poignant tale

Antonia Charlesworth, Big Issue

[Kushner's] cleverly counterposed registers and nuanced explanation of the way we make and remake ourselves elevates her book beyond the standard historical romp

David Annand, Sunday Telegraph

Detail-packed prose

Glasgow Herald

Deeply evocative... A fascinating and vividly detailed portrait of the country

Natasha Tripney, Observer

An intriguing, multifaceted portrait of a society in flux

David Evans, Independent on Sunday

Massively compelling… Tough yet tender writing that throbs with history, nostalgia and love

Bath Chronicle

It begs for a big-screen adaptation

London Magazine

Telex from Cuba is a wonderful debut and essential reading for those who wish to follow the career of one of the best new writers of our generation

Stephen Joyce, Nudge

[Telex From Cuba] proves that this American author is a superstar of the future

Nick Barley, Herald

An epic, almost cinematic sweep of a vanished time and place

Christie Hickman, Sunday Express

With its sharp detail and precisely drawn characters, Telex from Cuba offers a compelling look at a paradise corrupted


Telex from Cuba elegantly weaves together a gripping story of individuals and their lives leading up to one of the most notorious revolutions of the twentieth century

Time Out New York

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