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Hijo de Clío

Lo primero que se le agradece a un libro como Frases célebres de la Antigüedad (Editorial José Martí, 2018), de Anderson Calzada Escalona, es su portada. Por fortuna, es bastante sobria en figuras, si bien […]

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Sobre un diario

En mayo de 2020 respondí a un cuestionario que me enviara el escritor José Antonio Michelena. A fines de ese mes la entrevista apareció en el sitio web de Palabra Nueva, en la sección “Hoy […]

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To survive an island

Entrevista a Xavier Carbonell A Xavier Carbonell lo sorprendió mucho la noticia de que había recibido el Premio de Novela Ciudad de Salamanca 2021. Tuvo que decírselo el mismo alcalde para creerlo. El joven escritor […]

Una familia musical: excelente pretexto para una foto.
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Christian musicians in award-winning photo

Un trío musical, compuesto por los miembros de una familia cristiana residente en el poblado artemiseño de Caimito, dan vida a la imagen fotográfica con la que recientemente una joven cubana, María Fernanda Terry Pérez obtuvo el Premio del Concurso Internacional de Fotografía “Cuba es Música”. La familia ha disfrutado intensamente el premio recibido a la foto que los tiene como protagonistas. Y no es para menos. Es una instantánea hermosa, detrás de la cual una profunda página de amor late al ritmo de la fe, la música y la vida. […]

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Skilled in painting and on the move

The Twist (2021) by Martin Owen wants to dissociate himself soon not from the literary reference of Charles Dickens, but from the probable association with what is perhaps the most remembered film adaptation of all time: Oliver! (1968) by Carol Reed. The film entertains very little in its tangled plot. The script is obvious. What really concerns here are the movements on rooftops and esplanades, where Oliver Twist lags behind both the version of 1912 and that of Romans Polański of 2005. […]

Conversaciones sobre arte
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The experience of art

The times that run continue to demand our care. Staying at home seems to be a safe option, and in this recollection, reading is wise company. It is worth taking into account then the recent book by Rafael Acosta de Arriba, Conversations about art, which combines the rigor of the researcher and exegete of art with the generosity of the admirer not only of heterogeneous artists but also of valuable critics. The author returns to generate the debate of ideas through the interview, one of the genres in which he usually moves with mastery and pleasure. […]

Capilla de la extinta Universidad de Santo Tomás de Villanueva, en el municipio de Playa
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Artist in rescue project

After being expropriated by the Cuban government, the chapel of the University of Villa Nueva was returned to the Catholic Church in 2009. Complicated construction and restoration works have been undertaken since then to give new life to the abused property, mercilessly destroyed by the hand of man and the inclemency of nature for more than half a century. Rael Rodríguez Capote, visual artist, appreciates the invitation to be part of this work. His task consists of restoring the Italian-style arches and making two mosaics: one of the Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre and the other of the Lebanese saint San Charbel. He also assumes the restoration of a Cross and a 1.60 meter high Christ, the high and eternal priest. The dream was to inaugurate the church in July 2020, but the ravages of the covid prevented the realization of what will undoubtedly be “a gift for all Catholics and for the necessary spirituality of the Cuban nation.” […]