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The Histories We Tell: An Interview with Elizabeth Huergo

Is fiction always political? Elizabeth Huergo thinks so. In her debut novel, The Death of Fidel Pérez, when the title character and his brother comically fall from their Havana balcony to their deaths, a rumor that “Fidel has fallen” awakens the city. Their fictional fall coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Moncada Army Barracks raid that sparked the Cuban Revolution. The news of the death revives hope for political change and stirs the un…