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"I believe in work, perseverance, effort and self-improvement. These are the things that light me up. I work the two genres, poetry and the short story. I think there are communicating vessels between them", Alberto Marrero told Granma newspaper.

At the Cuban Union of Writers and Artists, Marrero was presented with the Short Story Prize given by La Gaceta de Cuba in its 16th edition, for his La mansedumbre de los elefantes (The docility of elephants).

The jury –made up by narrator and poet Marilyn Bobes, essayist and professor Odette Casamayor and narrator, poet and playwright Atilio Caballero- acknowledged the work of Marrero, who recently received the Julián del Casal Poetry Prize, saying it’s a particular, ingenious story where narration is linked to suggestion and seduction, and the sharpness and expressive strength of which give it an originality not frequently found in current Cuba narrative.

The jury also decided to give Hamlet López the Onelio Jorge Cardoso Literary Creation Scholarship for his El escritor, el asesino, la discípula y las víctimas (The writer, the assassin, the disciple and the victims), which its members considered has a peculiar and novel structure and clear and profound language, full of intelligent existential reflections.

Herbert Toranzo was given Second Prize for his narration Nieve prosaica (Prosaic Snow), a story in which the excellent drawing of characters, perfect writing, and an end of appreciable Goethian references, combine to produce an effective result of excellent dramatic progression. Meanwhile, mentions went to the texts Desvelado (Awake all night), by Ariel R. Cantero, and Made in Japan, by Serguei Svoboda, for their marked literary values.


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