HAVANA – Ernest Hemingway still haunts Cuba; he’s just doing it in wax.


A life-size likeness of the legendary author debuted last week at a wax museum in the eastern city of Bayamo.

Hemingway wrote “The Old Man and the Sea” while living in Cuba and his exploits in literature and life are celebrated in monuments across the island. His home outside Havana has become a museum.

But the wax statue is the first of its kind in Cuba.

With serious eyes that look spookily authentic and stare into the distance, the author has a black dress shirt and cigarette. His favorite drink, the daiquiri, is nowhere to be found, however.

Hemingway joins the likes of Benny More and Buena Vista Social Club’s Compay Segundo at the museum, which opened in 2004.

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