Monday, May 17, 2010

Cuba marks 50th anniversary of Castro-Hemingway meeting

2010-05-16 10:42:40

HAVANA, May 15 (Xinhua) -- Cuba has held cultural celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the first meeting between former Cuban leader Fidel Castro and late American writer Ernest Hemingway.

The four days of celebrations ended on Saturday, coinciding with the date when exactly 50 years ago, Castro and the Nobel literature laureate personally met in Havana during a fishing tournament.

"I truly admired his thirst for adventure," Castro said in 2005.

Hemingway spent long periods of time in Cuba, especially in "Finca Vigia," an old farm on the outskirts of Havana.

Hemingway left the Vigia farm for New York in 1960. He committed suicide on July 2, 1961.

The farm was turned into the Hemingway Museum in 1962 where more than 22,000 of Hemingway's books, photos, films, hunting trophies, guns, and other personal items are on display.

Editor: Zhang Xiang

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