"The shelves hold only books put out by state publishing houses; nothing imported and, as expected, nothing critical of the Revolution. This is part of life where the state is not about to give up control. The last privately published books in Cuba appeared at the very start of the Revolution and were banned as subversive. Among them was Orwell’s Animal Farm, whose long-ago Cuban publishers sought to alert readers to the dangers of an omnipotent totalitarian state—the very state the ruling party has now slowly and with utmost care begun dismantling, in fear that it may blow up in its hands."

An interesting, nuanced and literary appraisal of Cuba in the light of recent and ostensibly far-reaching economic reforms, from José Manuel Prieto in a recent edition of The New York Review of Books: “Havana: The State Retreats”
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