In Yocandra in the Paradise of Nada, Zoe Valdes, one of the significant Cuban/ French women writers, boldly explicates the failure of Castro`s "revolutionary" government and the traditional and cultural depreciation of Cuban women`s human and civil rights. Through the protagonist Yocandra`s experiences as a marginalized Cuban woman, Valdes penetrates the miserable reality of Cuban women in a male dominant society and a failed revolutionary society on the one hand; and, through Yocandra`s metamorphosis as a woman of autonomy and subjectivity, Valdes redefines and exemplifies the meaning of revolution on the other. Yocandra is subject to the "Absolute Power" even before her birth. Her fate depends on the Absolute who may decide if she goes to heaven, to hell, or to earth. The Absolute Power finally dispatches her to "the island that in wanting to build paradise has created hell." At her birth, Yocandra is subject to her patriotic father, who names her "Patria." With the name, her father wishes to make Yocandra subject to himself and his nation. When Yocandra marries, her husband, "The Traitor," wants her to be a submissive and sacrificial "good" wife. Such life of hers is a continuation of marginalization and subjugation, representing Cuban women on the sociopolitical, traditional, and cultural margin. However, Yocandra eventually decides to revolutionize herself, moving from margin (the dominated) to center (the dominating). She changes her name. She rejects school educations indoctrinating students in the legitimacy of the "revolutionary" government and reiterating the male superior culture and tradition. She sexually subjugates men, contradicting the male dominant Cuban tradition. In doing so, Yocandra locates herself on the center, dominating the "oppressors." Although ironically Valdes herself fails to actualize such transformations as she later leaves the country, through Yocandra`s experiences, Valdes ultimately delineates a paradigm of a successful revolution and offers Cubans, especially women, a way to subsist in a disastrous "revolutionary" society.