Cuban Writer Wendy Guerra Honored With France’s Order of Arts and Letters / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 28 September 2016 – Cuban writer Wendy Guerra has been named an officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by France’s Ministry of Culture. The recognition in one level higher than the Order’s knighthood, which she was awarded in 2010. “France is my second home and the place where my voice resonates … Continue reading “Cuban Writer Wendy Guerra Honored With France’s Order of Arts and Letters / 14ymedio”

Wendy Guerra: The Most Unbearable Thing in Cuba is Lack of a Free Press / EFE, 14ymedio

EFE (from 14ymedio), Barcelona, 4 May 2016 — The Cuban writer Wendy Guerra, who has just published the novel Domingo de Revolution (Revolution Sunday), a sort of autofiction on her imagined Cuba, said with regards to the future of her country, “to be healed, the wounds must be named.” Guerra has revealed that she began writing the … Continue reading “Wendy Guerra: The Most Unbearable Thing in Cuba is Lack of a Free Press / EFE, 14ymedio”

Naming the Wounds / Wendy Guerra

Wendy Guerra, Havana, 9 January 2016 (from El Nuevo Herald) – It wasn’t hard to know the number of my friends who, during their childhoods, remained with their parents in special situations, parents who needed to hide who they were to survive in a country that, based on accusations, ceased to be one, but turned … Continue reading “Naming the Wounds / Wendy Guerra”

Being in “The Packet” / Wendy Guerra

Wendy Guerra, Habáname, 15 December 2014 — About three years ago, a young man – tall, blond and ungainly – would haul an enormous sack full of DVDs of pirated movies, music videos, TV shows and series. Today, this same young man – now more poised and better dressed – walks the streets of Miramar … Continue reading “Being in “The Packet” / Wendy Guerra”

Wendy War

  Grown in Exercises of Death, Wendy Guerra (Taken from her blog HABÁNAME) (Reposted by Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo in his blog) I have death as white and truth far away… – Don’t give me your fresh roses; I am terrible for roses. Give me the ocean…Dulce María Loynaz Death, solicitous and vigilant followed me until my fall. … Continue reading “Wendy War”

Cuba: ‘We Were So Hungry We Ate Our Fear’

14ymedio, Havana/Madrid, 12 July 2021 — For the first time in almost 30 years, and as Miami Mayor Francis Suárez said, “the eyes of the world are on Cuba.” Statements by personalities and artists in support of the protesters have been growing as more images of the protests are published. “What is happening is that … Continue reading “Cuba: ‘We Were So Hungry We Ate Our Fear’”

State Security Surrounds the Homes of Several Artists and Cuts Their Phone Service

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 1 July 2021 — The homes of several artists and members of 27N are surrounded by police operations this Thursday. Tania Bruguera, Carolina Barrero, Katherine Bisquet and Camila Lobón denounced the police fences on their social networks and warned that a greater number of State Security agents and officers participate than on previous … Continue reading “State Security Surrounds the Homes of Several Artists and Cuts Their Phone Service”

‘Patria y Vida’ Gave Cuba Back a Pulse

14ymedio, Asiel Babastro, Havana, 26 February 2021 — [Note: Asiel Babastro, director of the video clip for the song Patria y Vida [Homeland and Life] presented the following text this Friday at an event of the European Parliament sponsored by Vice President Dita Charanzová and MEP Leopoldo López Gil, the Renew Europe Group and the European People’s Group, and organized by Cuban … Continue reading “‘Patria y Vida’ Gave Cuba Back a Pulse”

Cuban Reality Seen Through Sexuality

14ymedio, Daniel Delisau, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 4 March 2018 — During a conference in New York, the Cuban novelist Wendy Guerra spoke, defending the idea that the body was the only area of freedom, in reference to sexuality. A student who seemed not to have understood the subject of the talk asked the writer if … Continue reading “Cuban Reality Seen Through Sexuality”

"Censorship Has Been A Constant In My Work," Laments Chinese Writer Yu Hua In Havana

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 8 February 2018 — The young woman walks among the booths selling Chinese literature at the Havana Book Fair in search of works by this year’s star attraction, the writer Yu Hua, who finds a passionate readership on the island. With his criticisms of the censorship imposed on his work by the … Continue reading “"Censorship Has Been A Constant In My Work," Laments Chinese Writer Yu Hua In Havana”

Cleo, An Author Under Suspicion / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 1 April 2016 — With strong autobiographical overtones, Wendy Guerra’s latest book tells the story of Cleo, a young poet and storyteller residing in Havana living under the supervision of the publishing authorities and State Security. With a work published abroad, the protagonist of Revolution Sunday (Anagram, 2016) is charged by the Ministry … Continue reading “Cleo, An Author Under Suspicion / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata”

Hay Festival Suspends Its Event In Havana / 14ymedio, Yaiza Santos

14ymedio, Yaiza Santos, Mexico, 21 January 2016 – For now, Cuba will not celebrate the Hay Festival planned for this coming week in Havana, as confirmed by the event organizers. The Hay Festival originated in the Welsh town of Hay-on-Wye in 1988, and since 1996 has been celebrated in several foreign cities, among them Kells … Continue reading “Hay Festival Suspends Its Event In Havana / 14ymedio, Yaiza Santos”

“I’m a demon who writes what she feels” / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 8 December 2014 — Wendy Guerra is a rare bird in a country where everyone is seeking conclusive adjectives and extreme descriptions. Actress, writer, blogger and a Havanan down to her core, she always stands out. We remember her on the TV screen; in the pages of a book her writing … Continue reading ““I’m a demon who writes what she feels” / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez”

Castroniria / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

Castroneirics: Is there Cuban literature after the Revolution? Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo This story started long before the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, on January 1st1959. In the beginning it was not the Word, but the War. And in the war Fidelity is the utmost value, its betrayal usually paid with death, whether civil or political, … Continue reading “Castroniria / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo”