Please note: This event will be in Spanish. Severo Sarduy wrote his family about a thousands letters since his 1959 departure from Cuba, to which he never returned. In his letters he recalls Camagüey, the city of his birth, and the beginning of his literary life, as well as Havana and his collaboration with the journal Cición and his participation in the newspapers Diario Libre and Lunes de Revolución. He writes about his eperiences, since 1960, in Paris, where he created most of his literary works, among them De donde son los cantantes (1967) and Cobra (1972), which won him the French Médicis Prize for best foreign novel. He also writes about his plays and abou this thirty-year work in Radion Rance Internationale in programs devoted to science and culture. He reviews exhibits of his paitings as well as his work in Editions du Seuil and later Editions Gallimard, where he directed La Nouvelle Croix du Sud, a prestigious collection specializing in Ibero-American literature; in both collections he played an important role in the translation and diffusion of Spanish American and Spanish literature.
These testimonials are collected in Cartas a mi hermana en La Habana (2013), published by the Severo Sarduy Cultural Foundation and written by Mercedes Sarduy, the President of this nonprofit corporation. Based on her own experiences and the compilation of her brother's letters, she ays homage to Severo Sarduy and to the families that were involuntarily separated.