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Anita de Monte Laughs Last

A Novel

by Xochitl Gonzalez

Anita de Monte Laughs Last by Xochitl Gonzalez X
Anita de Monte Laughs Last by Xochitl Gonzalez
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Artist Ana Mendieta

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Exhibition cover for Ana Mendieta exhibitionThe title character in Xochitl Gonzalez's Anita de Monte Laughs Last is closely based on the artist Ana Mendieta. Although Mendieta's shocking death at the age of thirty-five has overshadowed her artistic legacy in the public imagination, Mendieta was a rising star at the time of her death, and her creative work continues to hold relevance today.

Born in Cuba in 1940, Ana Mendieta was the second of Ignacio and Raquel Mendieta's three children. In 1952, Ana, age 12, and her sister Raquelin, 14, were sent to America as part of a program known as the Peter Pan Project. In the years immediately following the Cuban Revolution, Cuban children were sent alone to America by parents panicked over erroneous reports that the new Castro government was planning to "terminate parental rights, assume custody of all Cuban children, prohibit religion and indoctrinate them into communism." Though those threats never came to fruition, between 1960 and 1962, over 14,000 unaccompanied ...

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