Miguel Barnet: The boundaries between genres are increasingly invisible

Miguel Barnet, Cuban poet, ethnologist and writer, has enticed readers ever since he published Biografía de un Cimarrón (Biographyof a Runaway Slave) half a century ago, the first of his testimonial novels.

Barnet (born in Havana, January 28, 1940) has had an extensive career. He is president of the Fernando Ortiz Foundation and the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) and is an Academician of the Cuban Academy of Language.

In 1963, he published his first poetry collection, La piedrafina y el pavorreal, which was followed by others such as Isla de güijes (1964); La sagrada familia (1967); Orikis y otros poemas (1980); Carta de noche (1982); Poemas chinos (1993) and Con pies de gato (an anthology, 1993).

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