Escribir en Cuba en el siglo XXI / Writing in Cuba in the 21st Century
Leonardo Padura Fuentes
*this talk will be in Spanish with simultaneous English translation
Leonardo Padura Fuentes (born 1955), Cuba’s preeminent contemporary novelist, is best known for his detective fiction, beginning with his quartet of novels featuring police lieutenant Mario Conde: Pasado perfecto (1991, published in English as Havana Blue in 2007); Vientos de cuaresma (1994, Havana Gold, 2008); Máscaras (1997, Havana Red, 2005); and Paisaje de otoño (1998, Havana Black, 2006).
His other works include several screenplays, two collections of short stories, and several other novels, including La neblina del ayer (2005, Havana Fever, 2009), Adiós, Hemingway (2005) and El hombre que amaba a los perros (2009; The Man Who Loved Dogs, 2014), about the murder of Leon Trotsky and the man who assassinated him, Ramón Mercader. In 2012 Padura was awarded Cuba’s National Prize for Literature.
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