"First, he sympathized with Cuba"

Raul Castro and Che Guevara, 1958
Public DomainRaul Castro and Che Guevara, 1958
This passage is part of the narrator’s somewhat sarcastic assessment of Franz’s attraction to revolutionary protests. Genuinely concerned for the oppressed and downtrodden, Franz gets swept along with trendy protest movements on behalf of this or that cause.

Here, the story probably refers to the Cuban Revolution of 1959, when brothers Fidel and Raul Castro, Che Guevara and their rebel army overthrew the government of U.S.-backed general Fulgencio Batista after three years of armed fighting in the mountains of Cuba. Pictured are Raul Castro and Che Guevara in the Cuban mountains in 1958.