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Jos Mart: Images of Memory and Mourning is a critical study of visual representations of Jos MartThe National Hero of Cubaand the discourses of power that make it possible for Mart's images to be perceived as icons today. Bejel argues that an observer of Mart's icons who is immersed in the Cuban national narrative experiences a retrospective reconstruction of those images by means of ideologically formed national discourses of power. Also, the obsessive reproduction of Mart's icons signals a melancholia for the loss of the martyr-hero. But instead of attempting to forget Mart, the book concludes that the utopian impulse of his memory should serve to resist melancholia and to visualize new forms of creative re-significations of Mart and, by extension, the nation.