Leonardo Padura Answers Questions on Havana

Por: Féliz Contreras

 

Today, he is crowned with the Cuban National Prize for Literature and the siege of Brazilian and Spanish tourists (airport´s readers?). The author of The Man Who Loved Dogs, cordial, answered this questionnaire. As curriculum: “Writer, Industriales team fan, from Mantilla town and journalist”.

What place defines Havana?

The harbor.

What flavor identifies you with Havana?

The frit.

What is the smell of Havana?

The smell of gas in the street.

What corner of Havana do you keep going back to?

The Pre-university of La Vibora; but I always come back to the ¨pre¨ in my memory.

What place to look (feel) Havana?

Acosta and Compostela: the Arc of Bethlehem.

What time of Havana prefer?

The sunset in the winter.

What historical event in Havana?

The arrival of my great great grandfather Padura … I do not know when it was.

The most important woman in Havana?

Lucia, my wife, of course.

What song reminds you of Havana?

All by Jose Antonio Mendez.

Your character in Havana?

Hemingway at the Floridita.

What monument?

Cerro Stadium.

What place for love?

La Vibora parks.

What is Havana missing?

Loving the Almendares River.

What book identifies you with Havana?

The Age of Enlightenment.

Havana´s painter?

Amelia, Portocarrero, Montoto …

What would you hide of Havana?

The apathy that is killing her.

What should we do for Havana?

Loving her a little more: but all of us, all

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