Initially, the couple intended to remain merely two weeks in Cuba – eventually they stayed over a decade in the Caribbean insular state. It must have been Häsler’s fate to stumble across the revolutionary forces and to experience the enthusiasm of an entire nation, yearning for freedom and independence. Willing to contribute to the fulfilment of the revolutionary ideals, Häsler rapidly decided to participate in the Cuban Revolution. Shortly after the revolutionary forces gained victory, Rudolf Häsler was appointed director at the national department of arts and crafts. As a governmental member he was constrained to experience the government’s gradual totalitarian turn from a close distance. Because of his closeness to the political elite, his writing’s represent unique reports; they elaborately describe the political structures within the apparatus of state with an astonishing richness in details.
Häsler wrote down what he witnessed in detail and thus, managed to create a very personal account of what he perceived and experienced during his 12 years on Cuba. The book constitutes a broad documentation about a historical event, written from a personal point of view. Therefor, it can be read either as a documentation of a crucial period in world history, or merely as an artist’s narrative about his personal experiences within a completely unexpected situation.
The reprintnig of the book «Kuba – Freiheit oder Terror: Ein Maler erlebt die Revolution» written by Swiss artist Rudolf Häsler (1927 – 1999) was bromer edition's first book launch. The book launch took place on April 8th at bromer kunst.