Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Padura's Top 10

Leonardo Padura's top 10 Cuban novels 
During his "conversatorio" with Mexican writer Carmen Bullosa last Thursday evening at the "Cuba Futures" symposium, Padura described this top 10 list with wit and charm.
Click here to read the full article with the entire list:
Hemingway and Hijuelos are here, but the author of the Havana Quartet also looks beyond the Cuba we think we know to introduce some of the island's more hidden literary treasures. 

Leonardo Padura
guardian.co.uk, Wed 4 Mar 2009
Leonardo Padura was born in 1955 in Havana and lives in Cuba. He has published a number of short-story collections and literary essays but international fame came with the Havana Quartet, all featuring Inspector Mario Conde. Like many others of his generation, Padura had faced the question of leaving Cuba, particularly in the late 80s and early 90s, when living conditions deteriorated sharply as Russian aid evaporated. He chose to stay.

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