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Hemingway home open to the public

JAN. 18 — Following a three-year restoration, the Cuban home of writer Ernest Hemingway, where the author penned his Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Old Man and the Sea,” has been opened as a museum.

The house, in which Hemingway lived from 1939 to 1960, was given to the Cuban government by Hemingway’s widow after the American author committed suicide in 1961, news reports say. Located on a 9-acre estate known as Finca Vigia (Spanish for “Lookout Estate”) the house is reportedly decorated with Hemingway’s items such as stuffed deer heads and preserved animals in jars. Hemingway was an active hunter.

During his years living in Cuba, Hemingway also wrote “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” Copies of decaying documents of his work will be put on microfilm, reports say, and sent to the John F. Kennedy library in Boston. The conservation project includes the restorations of his desk, typewriter and other furniture. Also being restored is Pilar, Hemingway’s 38-foot 1934 Wheeler Playmate.

Hundreds of photographs and Hemingway memorabilia were destroyed early last year when Compleat Angler, a bar and inn on the island of Bimini in the Bahamas, caught fire. Hemingway is said to have frequented the bar for drinks between fishing trips on Pilar.

Jason Fell