chapter  eleven
afterword to the Vintage edition
WithLee Lockwood
Pages 10

This year is the tenth anniversary of the accession to power of the Cuban Revolution, a milestone which the United States has done its best to ensure would never be celebrated. Three years have also passed since the author's interview with Castro on the Isle of Pines, an insignificant amount of time for an established nation, but nearly one third of the history of revolutionary Cuba. During that period, a multitude of changes have occurred in Cuba, as one should expect from a revolution still in transformation. And yet, plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. Looking back, whether over three years or ten, one finds that the Revolution has been characterized less by erratic movement than by a remarkable consistency of principle and direction. Every new change has seemed to reveal a little more clearly the true identity of the Revolution, as each stroke of a sculptor's mallet can be thought of as chipping away a little more of the superfluous material that masks the finished form beneath.