Feb 27 2014

Writing is Freedom, “Escribir es libertad”

February 27, 2014

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Instituto Cervantes


sublt illustration of a palm tree along with the authors picture under it

Presented by the UIC Latin American and Latino Studies Program, Latino Cultural Center, Social Justice Initiative, Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies

Conversation and workshop with Leonardo Padura, one of Cuba’s best-known contemporary writers.

Leonardo Padura Fuentes is one of the most prestigious and prolific Cuban writers.

In this conversation, Padura will discuss his newly translated and highly acclaimed book, “The Man Who Loved Dogs,” El hombre que amaba a los perros—a stunning novel, chronicling the evisceration of the Communist Dream and one of the most “ruthless, calculated and useless” crimes in history.

• Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 at 6pm
where: Instituto Cervantes
31 W. Ohio St., Chicago

RSVP at go.prairie.org/writing
For more info, please call 312.422.5580

• Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 at the LCC, 12noon

In this workshop, Padura reflects upon the origins of his last novel, “Heretics,” Herejes, 2013. The novel’s point of departure is the tragic episode of the SS St. Louis, a German ship with 937 Jewish refugees, which arrived in the Havana harbor in 1939, but was never allowed to disembark. He will explain how he transformed historical materials into a work of fiction, specifically a detective story. He also describes how he came to chronicle the experience of the Jews who left Cuba in the 1960s and settled in Miami Beach.

In Spanish with English simultaneous interpretation available and book signing.

If you require any accommodations please contact us at least three days before the event.

Co-sponsors: Illinois Humanities Council, Contratiempo, and Instituto Cervantes of Chicago

Date posted

Jul 10, 2018

Date updated

Apr 14, 2020