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  • Published: 5 June 2014
  • ISBN: 9781448182329
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

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.

  • Pub date: 5 June 2014
  • ISBN: 9781448182329
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

About the Author

Rachel Kushner

Rachel Kushner’s debut novel, Telex from Cuba, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and a New York Times bestseller. Her follow-up novel, The Flamethrowers, was also a finalist for the National Book Award and received rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. 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

“A pure treat from the cover to the very last page”

Washington Post

“Mutli-layered and absorbing... Kushner's style is sure and sharp, studded with illuminating images... Kushner has fashioned a story that will linger like a whiff of decadent Colony perfume”

New York Times Book Review

“Fresh and compelling. Kushner takes us to a place and time we've seldom visited before”

San Francisco Chronicle

“A stunner of a novel... A fluid, eye-opening symphony of a book”

Seattle Times

“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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