Repairs slowed on Hemingway's Cuban hideaway

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HAVANA -- Work to restore Ernest Hemingway's Cuban hideaway probably won't be finished until the end of 2009, held up in part by efforts to build a garage to house the author's long-lost Chevy convertible, museum officials say.

Hemingway lived at Finca Vigia, or Lookout Farm, on Havana's southeastern outskirts from 1939 to 1960. He wrote "The Old Man and the Sea" and children's fables at the home, which he shared with nearly 60 cats and at least 10 dogs.

Following his suicide in 1961, Hemingway's widow turned the property over to Cuban leader Fidel Castro, and it became a museum the next year. But time and tropical elements have ravaged the eggshell-colored home and the documents inside, which include the never-published epilogue of "For Whom the Bell Tolls."

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