Leonardo Padura

Un Conversatorio con Leonardo Padura

Carmen Boullosa interviews noted Cuban writer Leonardo Padura about his work and how he weaves the reality of contemporary Cuba into his historical fiction and crime novels.

This talk will be in Spanish.

Thursday, March 31at 5:45PM in Elebash Recital Hall


Leonardo Padura

Leonardo Padura is one of Cuba’s foremost contemporary novelists and best known cultural critics. In addition to his famous crime and historical novels, he has written literary criticism, music reviews, investigative journalism, screenplays, and short stories. The original four novels in the series are Pasado perfecto (1991), Vientos de cuaresma (1994), Mascaras (1997), and Paisaje de otoño (1998) feature the intrepid and all-too-human Havana inspector Mario Conde. This character also appears in two of Padura’s other novels, Adiós, Hemingway (2004) and La neblina de ayer (2005). Padura is currently working on the seventh title in the Conde series.

Leonardo Padura's most ambitious works are La Novela de Mi Vida (2001), and El hombre que amaba a los perros (2009). The latter was among five finalists for Book of the Year in Spain in 2010. A graduate in Philology from the University of Havana (1980), Padura began his professional career as a journalist and critic at the monthly Cuban cultural magazine, El Caimán Barbudo (1980-1983) and later at the newspaper Juventud Rebelde (1983-1989).

Padura wrote the screenplay for the acclaimed music documentary Yo soy del son a la salsa (1997) and is currently collaborating with a group of international directors in Havana (including the actor Benicio del Toro) bringing to life his screen play for Siete dias en La Habana.

Carmen Boullosa - Moderator

Carmen Boullosa (Mexico City, 1954) has published fifteen novels, the most recent ones La virgen y el violín and El complot de los románticos at Editorial Siruela in Madrid, as well as books of poems. She received the Xavier Villaurrutia Prize in Mexico, in Germany the Anna Seghers and the Liberaturpreis, and most recently the Café Gijón Prize of Madrid. She has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Cullman Center Fellow, held the Chair Andrés Bello at NYU, and the Alfonso Reyes Chair at La Sorbonne. She is Distinguished Lecturer at City College, CUNY, and lives in Brooklyn. Ms. Bullosa currently hosts the CUNY-T.V. show Nueva York, which has been awarded three New York EMMYs.