From January 2005 to October 2008 Vicente Botin worked in Cuba – a difficult job given the strict control that the State Security exerts over foreign journalists. No one on the island is allowed to tell the truth about what really goes on there. Correspondents can only approximate the truth through double entendres and metaphor, always needing to exercise a measure of self-censorship to avoid being kicked out of the country.
When Botin finished his work in Cuba he wrote “Castro’s Funeral”. This book, written mostly in Havana, is a kind of catharsis with which Vicente Botin tries to expunge the frustration of not having been able to tell the truth, or at least the whole truth, about Cuba.