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A life-size statue of the American writer Ernest Hemingway, who dubbed himself as "a Cuban half-breed" is displayed to the public on the Wax Museum in this eastern city.

This work was done by family made of by Rafael Barrios Madrigal and his sons Rafael and Leander Barrios Milan, and it recreates with great realism and details the physical characteristics of the novelist, who is displayed sitting in an armchair and holding a cigarette in one of his hands.

The figure was unveiled on Friday during a tour made by of the first secretaries of the Communist Party from the provinces of Camaguey, Las Tunas, Holguin, Santiago de Cuba, Guantánamo and Granma, and the chairmen of the respective Provincial Parliaments and officers of the Eastern Army.

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) is recognized among the leading novelists and short story writers of the twentieth century, received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954 and lived in Cuba for over 20 years.

Open to the public on  July 14 2004, the Bayamo Wax Museum displays nine life-size human figures, including those of Cuban musicians Benny More, Sindo Garay and Compay Segundo.

During the tour a literary café, located across from the Plaza of the Revolution, was inaugurated as well as a  market in the Jesus Menendez neighborhood, in which dairy products, meat and sea, beverages, soft drinks, jams, ice cream and other foodstuffs will be sold.

Source: ACN

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