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General Information

Name:  Carlos Eire  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1950 in Havana, Cuba

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Lived in Chicago, Illinois after being exiled from Cuba in 1962. In 1973 he received his BA degree from Loyola University.

Biographical and Professional Information

Born in Havana in 1950, Carlos Eire left his homeland in 1962, one of fourteen thousand unaccompanied children airlifted out of Cuba by Operation Pedro Pan. After living in a series of foster homes in Florida and Illinois, he was reunited with his mother in Chicago in 1965. His father, who died in 1976, never left Cuba. After earning his Ph.D. at Yale University in 1979, Carlos Eire spend two years at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, taught at St. John's University in Minnesota for two years and at the University of Virginia for fifteen. He joined Yale University in 1996 and is now the T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies. He currently resides in Guilford, Connecticut.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Waiting for snow in Havana :
ISBN: 0743246411. OCLC Number:

Free Press,. New York :. 2004, ©2003.

In 1962, at the age of eleven, Carlos Eire was one of 14,000 children airlifted out of Cuba--exiled from his family, his country, and his own childhood by the revolution. The memories of Carlos's life in Havana are at the heart of this stunning, evocative, and unforgettable memoir. Waiting for snow in Havana is both an exorcism and an ode to a paradise lost. For the Cuba of Carlos's youth--when its lizards and turquoise seas and sun-drenched siestas--becomes an island of condemnation once a cigar-smoking guerrilla named Fidel Castro ousts President Batista on January 1, 1959. Suddenly the music in the streets sounds like gunfire. Christmas is made illegal, political dissent leads to imprisonment, and too many of Carlos's friends are leaving Cuba for a place as far away and unthinkable as the United States. Carlos will end up there, too, and fulfill his mother's dreams by becoming a modern American man--even if his soul remains in the country he left behind. Narrated with the urgency of a confession, Waiting for Snow in Havana is a eulogy for a native land and a loving testament to the collective spirit of Cubans everywhere.--Back cover.

Learning to die in Miami :
ISBN: 143918190X. OCLC Number:

Free Press,. New York :. 2010.

A stranger in a strange land, Eire (Waiting for Snow in Havana), one of 14,000 children airlifted out of Cuba in Operation Peter Pan in 1962, describes the classic American immigrant experience in Miami, Fla., with a mix of insightful observation, humor, and heartfelt emotion.

Jews, Christians, Muslims :
ISBN: 0023250925. OCLC Number:

Prentice Hall,. Upper Saddle River, N.J. :. ©1998.

A very brief history of eternity /
ISBN: 0691133573. OCLC Number:

Princeton University Press,. Princeton :. ©2010.

Eire traces the concept of eternity from ancient times to the present. He examines the rise and fall of five different conceptions of eternity, how they developed, and how they have helped shape individual and collective self-understanding.

Readings in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam /
ISBN: 0023250984. OCLC Number:

Prentice Hall,. Upper Saddle River, N.J. :. ©1998.

"Composed mainly of primary source readings, but including important secondary sources well, Readings in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam is designed to provide both chronological and topical coverage of each religion. The readings are grouped under six headings: Scripture and Tradition, Monotheism, Authority and Community, Worship and Ritual, Ethics, and Religion and Political Order. Readings for all three religions are arranged to allow for the identification of similarities and differences among the traditions. A brief introduction sets each reading in its time and place and, in many cases, provides commentary on the significance of the material." "Readings in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam is designed to supplement lectures and textbooks; is accessible to those just embarking on their study of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; provides a comprehensive basis for further study of all three religious traditions; and balances short, pointed excerpts with longer, detailed readings."--Jacket.

War against the idols :
ISBN: 0521379849. OCLC Number:

Cambridge University Press,. Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ;. 1986.

Nieve en La Habana :
ISBN: 1400079705. OCLC Number:

Vintage Español,. Nueva York :. 2007.

En 1962, Carlos Eire fue uno de los 14.000 niños que fueron transportados fuera de Cuba en el puente aéreo conocido como la Operación Pedro Pan.

Miami y mis mil muertes :
ISBN: 1439191727. OCLC Number:

Free Press,. New York :. 2010.

Presents the story of the author's exile in America, where his brother and he relocated as youths from their revolution-torn home in Cuba, struggled with the loss of their cultural identity, and acclimated to American culture.

From Madrid to purgatory :
ISBN: 0521529425. OCLC Number:

Cambridge University Press,. Cambridge ;. 1995.

"This is the first full-length study of Spanish attitudes toward death and the afterlife in the peak years of the Counter-Reformation. It contains an analysis of the death rituals requested in sixteenth-century Madrid testaments, as well as a detailed account of the ways in which the "good" deaths of King Philip II and St. Teresa of Avila were interpreted by contemporaries. Though focused on death, it also aims to analyze the ethos of Spanish Catholic piety and belief in an age of profound transformations. This is a history of mentalities that combines quantitative and qualitative methods and analyzes the symbiotic relation between beliefs and cultural structures. It is a study of the relation between popular piety and elite theology, between paradigms and deeds, myth and ritual, art and craft. Though concentrating exclusively on Spain, this study places the early modern Spanish mentality in the wider context of the European Reformation and Counter-Reformation and of Western attitudes toward death."--Jacket.

Warten auf Schnee in Havanna :
ISBN: 3453400968. OCLC Number:

Heyne,. München :. 2005.


  • National Book Award in nonfiction for 2003,
  • "Waiting for Snow in Havana"

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