Virgilio Piñera, forgotten master of Cuban literature

In the July issue of the literary magazine Lunes de Revolución in 1960, the writer Virgilio Piñera was asked which books he would save from his library if a cataclysm were to befall it. He listed ten, among which were the novels Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens, Amerika by Franz Kafka, the poetry collections The Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire, and Estravagario by Pablo Neruda. This was just a glimpse into Piñera’s eclectic taste and one of the reasons behind his prolific, creative and versatile output.

London-based, Cuban writer. Author of “Cuban, Immigrant, and Londoner”, to be published by Austin Macauley. Has written for The Guardian and Prospect.

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