MARITA by Marita Lorenz


One Woman's Extraordinary Tale of Love and Espionage from Castro to Kennedy
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 Move over, Mata Hari: Here are the wild--if nearly incredible- -adventures of a new Jane Bond, told with the help of Schwarz (Walking with the Damned, 1991, etc.). ``He held my face in his hands and kissed me--my first kiss....`Be with me,' he whispered.'' The amorous ``he'' is none other than Fidel Castro, flush from conquering Cuba seven weeks earlier but not too busy to notice the pretty 19-year-old visiting Havana with her father. Days later, Lorenz beds the Cuban leader (``We were in bliss for five hours''), beginning the affair that was to alter her life--a life, she tells us, that began badly in Germany as her American-born mom was arrested for spying and sent to Belsen; after V-E Day, Lorenz herself, ten, was raped by an American soldier. Fourteen years later, she's betrayed by Castro as her unborn son is ripped from her womb; moving to the States, she's contacted by sinister intelligence agents, including future Watergate burglar Frank Sturgis, and is trained as an assassin. Target: Castro. Lorenz's escapades come fast and furious here: stealing boats; robbing armories; returning to Cuba to kill Castro but ending up ``naked and making love'' with him; driving on November 20, 1963, with Sturgis and a cache of guns to Dallas, where she meets Oswald and E. Howard Hunt; taking up with a former Venezuelan strongman; being exiled to the Amazon, where she's adopted by Yanomano Indians; returning to New York and joining the NYPD; flying one last time, in 1981, to Cuba, where Fidel's charisma again stays her assassin's hand and where she gives him a Polaroid camera. Cynics may snicker as Lorenz cavorts on the jungle floor with her ``pure man'' of a Yanomano, ``blow gun, spear, and poison arrows'' at his side--but, as the saying goes, life can be as thrilling as (and even stranger than) fiction...and sometimes, maybe, even the same thing. (Photographs--not seen) (Film rights sold to Oliver Stone)

Pub Date: Nov. 29th, 1993
ISBN: 1-56025-055-0
Page count: 352pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 1993


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