"Hemingway is in Havana. It is the 1950s, his fat period. Big white beard, cigar, loud fisherman's shirt worn outside his trousers. He is in a casino nightclub with Ava Gardner and President Batista. The young Castro is at the next table, whispering words of love into the ear of a chorus girl. Ava Gardner is on the dance floor, doing the mambo with Che Guevara. Hemingway watches them with an old man's hatred and despair."
(from a correspondance between Nik Cohn and Guy Peellaert, c. 1995)