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Cuba’s President expresses condolences on intellectual’s death

Cuba’s President expresses condolences on intellectual’s death

Havana, Nov 4 (Prensa Latina) Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel expressed today his condolences on the death of the notable poet and intellectual Pablo Armando Fernandez, one of the country's most distinguished writers, who died at the age of 92.
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My condolences to the family of Pablo Armando Fernandez, National Literature (1996) and Casa de las Americas (1968) Awards, born in Delicias, raised in New York and Cuban everywhere. He loved Cuba and his people so much that he sheltered them in his verses, the president tweeted.

Born on March 2, 1930 in the central Delicias, now Las Tunas province, Pablo Armando left works such as “Los niños se despiden,” Casa de las Americas Award 1968; “Golpe de dados,” “Toda la poesia” and “Salterio y lamentacion.” The outstanding writer always kept an absolute attachment to the defense of culture in the Cuban Revolution and its historic leader Fidel Castro.

He attended primary school in his hometown, and then moved to the United States, where he studied at Washington Irving High School in New York until 1947, and some courses at Columbia University in New York. He lived in the United States from 1943 to 1959.

His work in the field of Cuban literature was rightly praised by writer and ethnologist Miguel Barnet during the 2019 International Book Fair. He highlighted Fernandez’s poetic qualities who received the keys to what would become the headquarters of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba in 1961, today a National Monument.

His literary work, which includes twenty books of poetry, three novels, a volume of short stories and one of essays, has been translated into different languages. In 1996, Cuba’s Ministry of Culture awarded him the National Literature Prize for the importance of his work.

The translator of Anglo-Saxon poetry, Cuban essayist and playwright studied at Columbia University in New York and gave courses and lectures at renowned academic centers in the United States, Canada and Latin America.

The 2003 Book Fair was dedicated to him, to which he reacted with enthusiasm because in addition to considering it a recognition, he thought it would be another opportunity for his work to be known.

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