Inaugurated on April 28, the Fair will run until May 16 and has Havana as a Guest of Honor, whose proposal includes the works written by Marti, the historic leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro (1926-2016), Nicolas Guillen (1902-1989), Jose Lezama Lima (1910-1976) and Miguel Barnet, among others.
Referring to the transcendence of Ismaelillo (1882), essayist and editor Yamil Diaz pointed out that this work marked a change of era and inaugurated modernism in the Latin American literature.
Published in New York, the book captures Marti’s pain and longing for his son Jose Francisco, from whom he long lived separated, Diaz said.
Ismaelillo also marked a leap in his career as a poet, in which elements of the lyrical tradition in Spanish are naturally and organically included in the book, he added.
According to Juan Carlos Santana, head of the Cuban delegation to the Fair, Marti’s books are among the most requested ones by readers, who are looking for texts such as “The Golden Age” and the verses of the great Cuban thinker.