Livia Rodríguez Delis
“I love this country and feel at home here, and where a man feels at home, apart from the place where he was born, that is the place where he was destined to be… and I will always be the partisan who chose Cuba,” affirmed the U.S. writer Ernest Hemingway, according to Franco Lucchetta, an Italian friend of Cuba. Lucchetta cited these words after donating the sculpture Hemingway and the Sea to Havana’s Finca Vigía Museum, as part of the collection displayed in the former home of the author of For Whom the Bell Tolls.
Crafted by artist Renzo Orvieto, Hemingway’s co-combatant in the Spanish Civil War, the sculpture is a bust of Hemingway, adorned with motifs reflecting his love of the sea and fishing.
“This sculpture is a tribute to Orvieto on the 67th anniversary of the victory over fascism, this fascism which sometimes tries to rear its head and which we will always confront as in the years of the Civil War,” affirmed Lucchetta, an honorary associate and founding member of the International Hemingway Yacht Club of Cuba.
Lucchetta thanked the Cuban Friendship Institute (ICAP), the National Heritage Council and the Finca Vigía Museum, for their efforts in installing the sculpture in its new home.
Elio Gámez Neira, vice president of ICAP, described the donation of the bust as a beautiful initiative, a symbol of Lucchetta’s friendship and love for Cuba and its Revolution.
He also referred to Lucchetta’s contribution in bringing the people of Italy and Cuba closer together, his committed participation in the struggle against the U.S. blockade; as well as his role in publicizing the case of the five Cuban anti-terrorists unjustly imprisoned in the United States, and refuting European media campaigns distorting Cuban realities.
“Some day, when the history of solidarity between Cuba and Italy is recounted, these are obligatory references that will have to be noted,” he added.
Source: Granma International http://granma.cu/ingles/cuba-i/16mayo-busto.html
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