Author of the novels La noche del aguafiestas and the experimental Ejercicios para hacer de la esterilidad virtud, Antón Arrufat is considered by many to be Cuba’s greatest living writer; in 2000 he was awarded the National Prize for Literature, the country’s highest honour. The award represents an extraordinary change in fortunes for an author who spent much of his writing life in ostracism, accused of betraying the ideals of the Revolution. The poet, editor, novelist, essayist and playwright was born in 1935 in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba’s second city. He went to a
Jesuit school there (the same one attended by the Castro brothers a decade before) before moving to Havana at the age of 11 to continue his studies. He came to know many of the country’s leading artists and writers including José Lezama Lima, editor of the influential arts and literature journal Orígenes and author of the masterwork Paradiso, often mentioned in the same breath as Carlos Fuentes’s The Death of Artemio Cruz, Julio Cortázar’s Hopscotch, Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude and Mario Vargas Llosa’s ... [Click to read more]
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