US congressman celebrates Hemingway legacy in Cuba

SAN FRANCISCO DE PAULA, Cuba (AP) — A U.S. congressman is at Ernest Hemingway's former home near Havana to celebrate a joint U.S.-Cuban effort to preserve and digitize the Nobel Prize-winning author's personal effects.

Jim McGovern is a Democrat from Massachusetts. Island curators gave him and a visiting U.S. delegation a tour of the Finca Vigia, on a hilltop overlooking the Cuban capital.

Historians have sought to preserve the house just as Hemingway left it shortly before his 1961 death. Stuffed animal heads are mounted on the walls in a tribute to his enthusiasm for trophy hunting. On a living room table sit the same half-full liquor bottles that were there more than five decades ago.

McGovern said Monday that a shared love of the writer known as "Papa" transcends political divisions between Cuba and the U.S.

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