Translated from* from El Nuevo Herald, Ramón Fernández-Larrea, 8 November 2018 When one receives a novel – written by a friend who is a poet, or by a friend who has been and is forever a great poet – with the title Contracastro, one could never imagine that it is a love story, and not a pamphlet … Continue reading “Posthumous Novel by Rafael Alcides, Against Death, Against Oblivion / Ramon Fernandez-Larrea”
14ymedio, Ernesto Santana, Havana, 21 June 2018 — His voice amazed me the first time I heard it, when he had just turned 80. A voice grave and smooth at the same time, a voice I no longer remembered from his years on the radio. A mariner’s voice perhaps, someone who has traveled other worlds and has … Continue reading “Rafael Alcides: The Great Poet Of The Cuban ‘Insilio’”
Yanelys Nunez Leyva, Havana Times, 26 December 2016 — One of the most recent films directed by filmmaker Miguel Coyula is being screened during some independent spaces in Havana: Samuel Riera’s studio, Oscar Casanella’s home and the El Circulo gallery. On Sunday the 18th, I went to see it at this last venue, located in Lia … Continue reading “Poet Rafael Alcides, the Protagonist in Miguel Coyula’s Latest Documentary”
Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez, Havana, 20 June 2018 — The writer Rafael Alcides, who died in Havana on June 19 at the age of 85, had a warehouse of novels and unpublished poems in his home. It had been more than three decades since a book of his was published in his homeland. First it was because … Continue reading “Rafael Alcides: May He Rest In Peace / Luis Cino Alvarez”
Today Translating Cuba is dedicated to Rafael Alcides, who died yesterday. We are republishing articles by and about him, and you can also do your own search of past articles on this site by going to this link. The following “Author’s Biography” was written several years ago and is not up-to-date. Rafael Alcides was born in … Continue reading “In Tribute to Rafael Alcides, Cuban Poet and Writer and Wonderful Man”
The Stranger. A poem by Rafael Alcides, read by Lynn Cruz, filmed by Miguel Coyula.
14ymedio, Havana, 20 June 2018 — Ten days after his 85th birthday and after a long battle with cancer, the poet Rafael Alcides died at his home in Nuevo Vedado on Tuesday afternoon, his son Rafael confirmed to 14ymedio. Sources close to the family explained that there will be no funeral and that his ashes will be scattered … Continue reading “Writer Rafael Alcides Dies in Havana at the Age of 85”
Note: This article is being republished from 2013. Rafael Alcides passed away yesterday, 19 June 2018. My husband is not just any writer. He belongs to the generation known as “The Generation of the ’50s,” a rather arbitrary poetic grouping that started with Carilda Oliver (1922) and ran through David Chericián (1940). His generation’s peers … Continue reading “Rafael Alcides, Who is a Very Important Person / Regina Coyula”
Lynn Cruz, Havana Times, 20 June 2018 — Yesterday, on June 19, 2018, in the afternoon, 85-year-old Rafael Alcides passed away. The sensualist poet, friend and main character in “Nadie”managed to do what very few can: “Live in keeping with his ideals.” He spent his last days resting at his home in Nuevo Vedado, after having … Continue reading “Cuban Poet Rafael Alcides has Left Us / Lynn Cruz”
For our readers who understand Spanish… Our apologies for this being in Spanish and not subtitled. Here is an article about the movie and with links to excerpts from the movie that are subtitled.
14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 6 June 2016 — Cuban filmmaker Miguel Coyula participated in the New Media Film Festival of Los Angeles with the seventh chapter of his series Rafael Alcides. The short film was part of a more than two-hour interview with with the well-known poet and writer, addressing topics such as art, beauty and Cuba past … Continue reading “Rafael Alcides Close Up / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar”
This video is the 7th in a series of vignettes extracted from a four-hour interview of Rafael Alcides conducted by the filmmaker Miguel Coyula. Below are links to the previous Chapters. ‘Rafael Alcides’ Chapter 1: The Beautiful Things / Miguel Coyula ‘Rafael Alcides’ Chapter 2: Artists and Politicians / Miguel Coyula ‘Rafael Alcides’ Chapter 3: … Continue reading “Rafael Alcides, Chapter 7: The Stranger / Miguel Coyula”
This video is the 6th in a series of vignettes extracted from a four-hour interview of Rafael Alcides conducted by the filmmaker Miguel Coyula. Below are links to the previous Chapters. ‘Rafael Alcides’ Chapter 1: The Beautiful Things / Miguel Coyula ‘Rafael Alcides’ Chapter 2: Artists and Politicians / Miguel Coyula ‘Rafael Alcides’ Chapter 3: … Continue reading “Rafael Alcides, Chapter 6: Capitalism in Cuba – Before and After / Miguel Coyula”
Rafael Alcides, Havana, 2 April 2016 — The government that has ruled us since 1959 insists that the American Naval Base in Cuba’s Guantanamo Province is illegal. Mistake. It is immoral, but not illegal. At a time when the United States did not hide its eye patch and peg leg it took advantage, before leaving … Continue reading “With Regards to the Guantanamo Naval Base / Rafael Alcides”