Fina García Marruz, 99, Cuban poet/critic

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Jun 28, 2022, 8:23:39 AMJun 28

The Cuban poet, essayist and researcher Fina García-Marruz Badía, a prominent figure in Hispanic-American literature, has died at the age of 99 in Havana, her hometown, the Cuban cultural institution Casa de las Américas has reported. García-Marruz, “one of the most extraordinary poetic voices of Latin American literature”, according to this institution, touched on different genres in her work and her poetry was translated into several languages. With her work she also won important literary awards, such as the Reina Sofía Prize for Ibero-American Poetry, in 2011; the City of Granada Federico García Lorca, that same year; or the National Prize for Literature from her country, which she had received in 1990, making her the second woman to win it.

Born in 1923 in the Cuban capital, she was a member of the group of Cuban intellectuals linked to the magazine origins, founded by José Lezama Lima, who was highly influenced by Federico García Lorca and Juan Ramón Jiménez. A generation of poets that “was not a literary group, but a family”, as her son, the musician José María Vitier, declared when she won the Reina Sofía, which she could not pick up in Madrid due to her advanced age . The Orígenes magazine and group built bridges between Cuba and the best Spanish literature. “The most intense relationship that my mother has with a country, after Cuba, is Spain. There is a part of her poetic work in which she responds to the Spanish incitement. In her rehearsals, she is also present through Bécquer and Quevedo, ”added her son then.

García-Marruz, author of a poetry of religious and intimate sentiment in Castro’s Cuba, received her doctorate in Social Sciences in 1961 and published her first book, poemsin 1942. A literary researcher at the José Martí National Library of Cuba, she also worked at the Center for Martian Studies, in the team that was in charge of the critical edition of the Complete works of the Cuban politician and writer. Little known in Spain, among her titles, stand out, Visitations (1970), trip to nicaragua (1987) and Charlotte Credits (1990). She is a Catholic writer in Castro’s Cuba, she declared on one occasion that her thing was “to write with living silence.”
(there's a bit of a shock at the end of this one)
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