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Leonardo Padura Fuentes: Cuba’s man of letters



An exclusive interview with one of Cuba's most successful writers.  Read the full interview in International Journal of Cuban Studies 5.1

Release date March 2013

Leonardo Padura Fuentes: Cuba’s man of letters

Exclusive interview, by Susan Metz

Leonardo Padura Fuentes (born in Havana in 1955) is the best known and most widely read contemporary Cuban author. He has published eight novels, two volumes of short stories and seven works of non-fiction. He has also written scripts for documentaries and recently for a series of short films about Havana directed by different cinematographers. His work has been translated into at least eight languages and he has won a number of important prizes including the Dashiell Hammett prize for the best detective novel from the international division of Writers of Crime Fiction (1996) and the Italian Premio Letterario Francesco Gelmi di Caporiacco (2010). His achievement was officially recognised in Cuba in December 2012 when the Cuban Ministry of Culture awarded him the National Prize for Literature, the country’s highest literary honour.

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