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Guillermo Cabrera Infante

Biography

Guillermo Cabrera Infante was born in Gibara in 1929. His father was a journalist. Both his parents were staunch communists and were arrested, along with the seven-year old Guillermo, and they spent a few months in prison. He started to study medicine but switched to studying journalism. He found his vocation, however, in writing and the cinema, and started writing stories – the first published when the was eighteen – and writing film criticism. After the Cuban Revolution, he was appointed director of National Council for Culture. When the magazine he was publishing reviewed short film that had been banned by the Castro government, the magazine was banned. Cabrera Infante went to Belgium as the cultural attaché. He returned when his mother died but was arrested and left Cuba, never to return. After living in Spain, he moved to London where he stayed for the rest of his life. It was there that he wrote his best-known work, Tres tristes tigres (Three Trapped Tigers), one of the classics of the Latin American boom. In 1970 he went to Hollywood where he worked as a scriptwriter with moderate success. He also translated Joyce‘s Dubliners into Spanish. He died in 2005.

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A Scattered Homage to Guillermo Cabrera Infante (1929-2005)
Obituary
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Guillermo Cabrera Infante (in Spanish)
Guillermo Cabrera Infante (in Spanish)
Cabrera Infante (in Spanish)
Obituary (in Spanish)
La Visita (story by Cabrera Infante – in Spanish)
Interview (in Spanish)
Interview (in Spanish)

Bibliography

1960 Así en la paz como en la guerra (Writes of passage) (stories)
1963 Un oficio del siglo veinte (A Twentieth Century Job) (film criticism)
1965 Tres tristes tigres (Three Trapped Tigers) (novel)
1974 Vista del amanecer en el trópico (View of Dawn in the Tropics) (novel)
1975 O (essay)
1976 Exorcismos de esti(l)o (essays)
1978 Arcadia todas las noches (film criticism)
1979 La Habana para un infante difunto (Infante’s Inferno) (novel)
1985 Holy Smoke (written in English – the history of the cigar)
1992 Mea Cuba (Mea Cuba) (articles)
1995 Delito por bailar el chachachá (story)
1996 Ella cantaba boleros (non-fiction)
1996 Mi música extremada (essay)
1997 Cine o sardina (film criticism)
1998 Vidas para leerlas (articles)
1999 El libro de las ciudades (articles)
1999 Todo está hecho con espejos (stories)
2000 Infantería (anthology)
2008 La ninfa inconstante (novel)
2010 Cuerpos divinos (memoirs)
2013 Mapa dibujado por un espía (novel)