Rena Effendi’s early work focused on oil industry’s effects on people’s lives. As a result, she followed a 1,700 km oil pipeline through Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey, collecting stories along the way. This work was published in 2009 in...
At first glance, Havana seems to be frozen in time with its characters and vistas like relics from another era – but by looking deeper, one can recognize slight movements for change that have taken place in the past few years. For the first time in several decades, Cubans are allowed to own apartments, cars and even run small private businesses. Old communist slogans still adorn the streets, but the colors have faded. I went to the streets and neighborhoods of Havana that set the scene in the detective stories of a prominent Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura. Just like in his books, Havana revealed itself as a grubby city on the brink of change, its disheveled facades and photogenic patina reflecting not romance, but mystery, like future, waiting to be revealed.