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Celia Sánchez ManduleyThe Life and Legacy of a Cuban Revolutionary$
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Tiffany A. Sippial

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469654607

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469654607.001.0001

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Toward the Gates of Eternity

Toward the Gates of Eternity

Death of a Revolutionary Heroine

(p.157) Chapter Seven Toward the Gates of Eternity
Celia Sánchez Manduley

Tiffany A. Sippial

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the events surrounding Sánchez’s declining health, disappearance from the public eye, and ultimate death from lung cancer in 1980. Sánchez’s lavish state funeral initiated a new phase in a myth-making process that began in the Sierra Maestra. Commemorative sources representing a wide spectrum of political, artistic, and poetic voices in Cuban society played a critical role in the creation of Sánchez as the official “New Woman.” Circulated both nationally and internationally, this version of her story was not without its critics who, like the revolutionary authorities who eulogized her, saw Sánchez’s death as an opportunity to reflect upon the revolutionary project more broadly.

Keywords:   Cuban society, Politics, Art, Death, Myth, Myth-making, New Woman, Commemoration, State funeral, Cancer

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