Hemingway’s Finca Vigía

The Nobel Laureate lived in Cuba, off and on, from 1939 until the year after the Revolution. His third wife, Martha Gellhorn, had found Finca Vigía (Lookout Farm) for him so he would have a home more conducive to writing than were his rooms in the Ambos Mundos Hotel in Old Havana, where the bars and nightlife were so seductive. Castro allowed Hemingway’s fourth wife, Mary, to return to Cuba in 1960 to retrieve some of Hemingway’s papers, and then the Finca, all the Hemingway’s possessions there, and Papa’s legendary boat, the Pilar, became Cuban national property, maintained as a museum.

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