Cuban writer Padura tests US literary waters

By By CHRISTINE ARMARIO

MIAMI (AP) — Through his crime novels and historical works, Cuban writer Leonardo Padura has achieved international acclaim.

He's also managed to carve out a space that few writers on the Communist island have managed attain: that of a public intellectual, at once accepted by and critical of Cuban society.

Now, at the height of his literary career, he is on a tour in the United States, visiting Miami, New York and Chicago.

Well-known in academic and Spanish-language literary circles, the hope is that his work will appeal to a wider U.S. market as well. His prized book, "The Man Who Loved Dogs," has recently been translated into English and published in the U.S.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Padura says he sees himself as a chronicler of modern Cuban life.

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