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Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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Moncada: A Cuban Story

“Moncada” is one of the first words young Cuban biologist Felipe Triana learned as he was growing up.

He was taught to say the word, and he was told that it was not just for him, but for every Cuban. Felipe, like many other young Cubans, has known nothing but the 50-year-old revolution which still controls their lives but offers them less and less. An unconventional diplomatic story, Moncada follows the lives of Felipe and six other ordinary Cubans in the week leading up to the major revolutionary festival of Moncada that’s celebrated on July 26. As the day of the festivities draws near, Felipe examines the course of his life in this country. From the economy to the living conditions, baseball, popular Cuban culture, and the history of the revolution, Moncada presents the essence of present-day Cuba through the eyes of those living there. It gives flavor to a country whose people are deprived of expressing themselves.

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