Several readers have erroneously attributed to me the authorship of Sindo Pacheco’s story. Others, in their praise, have mentioned the two greats of Cuban literature, Alego Carpentier and Onelio Jorge Cardoso. I think were he living in Cuba, Sindo’s life would be at risk. From the first time I read his story, a couple of years ago, I liked it so much that I wanted to steal it. Now, my ego inflated by so many nice compliments, I’ve spent some early candlelit mornings, hatching dark machinations to commit, with total premeditation, plagiarism—literary—and assassinations—not literary.
Joking aside, the truth is that it has been the quality of his story that has generated so many good reviews. And that is the product of Sindo Pacheco’s undeniable talent and narrator’s craft. So that you can know him a little more, I copy here a brief overview of his literary successes and close by reiterating a short commercial. As I said in his presentation in the Blog, Sindo has works ready for publication, a volume of stories and two novels. Any help in finding an publisher would be welcome.
(To the commentators, know that I have noted your names and IP addresses. When you publish something of mine, if you don’t celebrate it with the same or more fervor, I am going to banish your blog.)
Sindo Pacheco was born in Cabaiguán, Cuba in 1956. He has published Oficio de Hormigas (stories, 1990), winner of the April Prize for best works devoted to young people, and the novels Esos Muchachos and María Virginia está de Vacaciones. The latter was awarded the Latin America Prize from Casa de las Américas, the annual White Rose prize awarded by the Cuban Writers and Artists Union for the best works devoted to children and youth, and the Critics’ Award for the best works published in Cuba during 1994.
In 1995, he received the Buster Viejo Award, from Madrid, Spain, for his story Legalidad Post Mortem. His stories have appeared in Cuba in various magazines such as Bohemia, Letras Cubanas, Casa de las Américas. Some of his stories have been published in Mexico, Russia, Venezuela and Spain. In 1998 the publisher Norma, Colombia, published his young adult novel María Virginia, Mi Amor; and in 2001, his novel Las Raíces del Tamarindo was a finalist for the EDEBÉ Prize, and published by said publisher in Barcelona. In 2003 the publisher Plaza Mayor, Puerto Rico reissued his novel María Virginia está de Vacaciones.
He currently resides in Miami, USA.