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Hemingway Center opens in Cuba to preserve the writer's work


San Francisco de Paula, Cuba (Reuters) – Restoration Center to save your work by Ernest Hemingway in Cuba was opened on Saturday, indicating that the area of ​​cooperation with the United States, even the bilateral relations between the old enemies of the Cold War cooled again.

Ernest Hemingway Museum on view during the US visit of Congressman Jim McGovern (not pictured) in Havana, Cuba, May 30, 2019. REUTERS / Alexander Meneghini

Hemingway, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954, wrote some of his greatest books for 21 years, he lived in Finca Whigs or Lookout Farm, now a museum in San Francisco de Paula on the outskirts of Havana.

Restoration Center, built by the National Council of Cultural Heritage of Cuba and Finca Vigia Foundation of the United States is on a plot of 15 acres (6 hectares), where Hemingway lived in the shadow of the trees, wide house in the Spanish style.

"When we are together, when we work together, we can make a positive and wonderful things," said Jim McGovern, US Congressman for the state of Massachusetts, who wants better US-Cuba relations on the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

McGovern said that the project would have been much easier if it were not for the United States for decades the trade embargo against Cuba that President Donald Trump tightened since coming to power.

Hemingway moved to Finca Whigs in 1939, a year before "For Whom the Bell Tolls" was published, and wrote "The Old Man and the Sea", "moveable feast" and "Islands in the Stream" while he was there, according to local scientists .

He left Cuba in 1960, more than a year after the Cuban revolution, and less than a year before he killed himself in Idaho at the age of 61 on the background of the fight against depression.

The writer has left thousands of documents in Cuba, starting from manuscripts of some of his works to letters and pictures and annotations of books.

Restoration Center, which received funding from the Ford Foundation, American Express philanthropy and AT & T Foundation, among others, includes the lab and air-conditioned store.

The National Council for Cultural Heritage of Cuba and Finca Vigia Foundation previously signed three agreements on cooperation in the conservation and dissemination of Hemingway's heritage.

Reporting Nelson Acosta; Record Sarah Marsh; Editing by Darren Schuettler

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