Hemingway’s Grandson Calls for Renewal of US-Cuba Relations

The US has maintained the embargo against Cuba for more than 50 years

John Hemingway, grandson of the American Nobel prize writer, Ernest Hemingway called Tuesday for the end of the US embargo against Cuba in Washington.

During a press conference organized by the Latin America Working Group, Hemingway highlighted the importance of restoring the diplomatic ties between both countries.

“I think it is important that the diplomatic relations are re-established,” said Hemingway. “I believe these two countries need to finally recognize each other and do things in a normal fashion.”

The US broke diplomatic relations in the 1960s and has employed an embargo against the Caribbean island ever since in an attempt to overthrow the government established by Fidel Castro.

Hemingway emphasized that its nonsense to keep ignoring Cuba. “Cuba has been ignored by the US, which is amazing, because it is the biggest island in the Caribbean, with 11 million people, and we aren’t doing anything, pretending that it is not there,” said the Nobel prize laureate’s grandson.

John Hemingway, who is also a writer, and his brother Patrick visited Cuba in September to celebrate 60 years since their grandfather was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

The Hemingway brothers visited Havana and Cojimar, a small fishing village where Ernest lived for almost two decades, and where he wrote one of his most celebrated novels, “The Old Man and the Sea,” inspired by Cuban fishermen. The novel, published in 1952, won Hemingway the 1952 Pulitzer Prize, and was of crucial importance for winning the Nobel Prize in Literature.

When the Swedish Academy granted the 1954 Nobel Prize, they announced through an official statement they were awarding it to Hemingway “for his mastery of the art of narrative, most recently demonstrated in ‘The Old Man and the Sea,’ and for the influence that he has exerted on contemporary style.”

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