Jose Lezama Lima, (born December 19, 1910, near Havana, Cuba--died August 9, 1976, Havana), Cuban experimental poet, novelist, and essayist whose baroque writing style and eclectic erudition profoundly influenced other Caribbean and Latin American writers.Lezama's father, a military officer, died in 1919. Lezama was a sickly boy, and while recuperating from various illnesses he began to read broadly and avidly. After studying law in Havana, Lezama in 1937 helped found three short-lived literary reviews, Verbum (1937; three issues), Espuela de plata (1939-41; "Silver Spur"; six issues),..
Daina Chaviano, (born 1957, Havana, Cuba), expatriate Cuban author of novels, novellas, short stories, and scripts for film and television.Chaviano grew up in Havana. She published her first book, the short-story collection Los mundos que amo (1980; "The Worlds I Love"), after winning a literary contest while attending the University of Havana. The book became an instant classic, inspiring a best-selling illustrated version and radio and film adaptations. Chaviano later founded Cuba's first science-fiction workshop, named for the father of Cuban science fiction, Oscar Hurtado. As..