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A handbook to Castro-ese

August 09, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

Cubans accustomed to hours-long speeches, thousand-word essays and lengthy interviews can now get Fidel Castro at a glance, thanks to a new dictionary of El Comandante's teachings.

"Unemployment" and "History" are among the myriad words for which the 339-page paperback provides definitions based on snippets of speeches, columns and statements dispensed by Castro during the 49 years he governed the communist-run island.

The work was compiled by Salomon Susi Sarfati, an oratory analyst at the Cuban Communist Party's high ideological school.

Castro, who turns 83 on Thursday, turned power over to his younger brother Raul in February 2008.

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