JDP’s Suitcase, Hanger Lane Underground Station, West London, 4 October 2008


Hola Omar,

I don’t know how to thank you for such a moving text apart from setting out to translate it. It seems to me that this will involve a perpetual return journey between the `over there’ of our autobiographical, or inherited, histories and the present. Between your text and its translation stretches a navigation chart between our fathers’, and my grandfather’s, Cuba and a London full of suitcases carried along by the human currents that intersect in its labyrinth.

Un abrazo,



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