U.S. congressman visits Hemingway Cuba home to celebrate legacy

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U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern visited Ernest Hemingway’s former home outside the Cuban capital on Monday to celebrate a joint U.S.-Cuban effort to preserve and digitize the Nobel Prize-winning author’s personal effects and writings, Canada’s Globe and Mail report.

Island curators gave the Massachusetts Democrat and a visiting U.S. delegation a rare guided tour inside the modest but graceful Finca Vigia, a hilltop estate that is surrounded by lush tropical fruit trees and boasts panoramic views of the Havana skyline.

Both the United States and Cuba, where Hemingway lived from 1939 to 1960 and wrote much of “The Old Man and the Sea” and other works, claim the man known affectionately as “Papa” as a favourite son. McGovern said that kind of common ground can help bridge the often-bitter divide between Cold War foes Havana and Washington.

“Hemingway has always brought people together,” McGovern said. “He transcends politics, and one of…

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