N., WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD

Annalisa Natali Murri

 

 

The story of Natalia N., a Russian woman with the dream of being recognized as an opera singer in Cuba, a dream for which she has fought and continues to fight for more than 25 years, facing courageously accusations of paranoid schizophrenia and the psychological violence she suffered.
Born in the former Soviet Republic of Kazakhstan, Natalia N. moved to Cuba about 25 years ago from the USSR, to be reunited with her husband in Ciudad Nuclear and work as an opera singer. She arrived on the island when the USSR was dismembering and Cuba was entering the great crisis. Divorced almost immediately, she found herself lost and trapped hundreds of km from La Havana, in a sleepy and alienating artificial city built with Soviet style blocks, guarded by the remains of what was to be Cuba’s first nuclear power plant and now paralyzed in a dimension out of space and time. Without any possibility of escaping nor coming back to her homeland, thanks to her strong Christian faith she never ceased to believe in her dream, despite the isolation and the heavy barriers that her Cuban neighbours put between her and them. Natalia, indeed, was stigmatized and diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, a diagnosis she still firmly refuses. For being a suspicious Soviet woman, who found herself in the wrong place at the wrong time, she tells of being object of control and espionage for years, victim of continuous remote psychological inspection at the hands of the government leaders, who hold her under control through the most powerful mental espionage techniques, developed over the years by the Secret Services and State Council. She still fights her ghosts everyday and still dreams with her fame, surviving by singing arias for some tourists in the nearby city of Cienfuegos.

 

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