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Outstanding Cuban Writer and Journalist Lisandro Otero Dies
Cuban writer Lisandro Otero, winner of the 2002 National Literature Prize, died on Thursday night. He was 75 years old.

Oteros life was marked by a long and relevant career both as a writer and journalist. He was one of the founders of Cubas Artists and Writers Union (UNEAC).

In 1963, he received the Casa de Las Americas Prize in the category of novel for his book La situacion (The Situation), which won him a place among the cultural elite of the time.

He was awarded the literary critics prize in 1983 for Temporadas de Angeles (Angels Season) and in 1992 for Arbol de vida (Life Tree). His remarkable work as a journalist also won him the national cultural journalism prize.

Otero contributed to publications specially related with cultural matters in Cuba, France and Mexico, where he was also awarded with the national journalism decoration granted by the Mexican Journalists Club.

In addition, the Cuban writer acted as the cultural attaché of the Cuban embassy to Chile and Great Britain.

His latest works were mostly aimed at criticizing neo-liberal globalization and single thinking. His accurate analyses were published nearly on a daily basis by several alternative media groups throughout the world.

Oteros most recent article entitled 'What are anarchies good for? is a harsh criticism of anarchy, which he called an evil that has lasted more than 100 years, making an analogy to a Cuban expression that says there is not an illness that lasts 100 years, nor a body that can resist it.


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