Guillermo Cabrera Infante Biography

Journalist, Author, Screenwriter (1929–2005)
Cuban writer Guillermo Cabrera Infante is known for many acclaimed works, including Tres Tristes Tigres. He won the Miguel de Cervantes Prize in 1997.


Born in Cuba in 1929, Cuban writer Guillermo Cabrera Infante is known for many acclaimed works, including Tres Tristes Tigres (published in English as Three Trapped Tigers). His literature often addressed Cuba before the revolution, seediness and all. In addition to writing literature, Cabrera Infante was respected for translations into Spanish, including James Joyce's Dubliners. He was awarded the Miguel de Cervantes Prize in 1997, and died in London, England, in 2005.



Writer Guillermo Cabrera Infante was born on April 22, 1929, in Gibara, Cuba. Growing up poor, in the 1940s, he moved with his family to Havana, where he studied at Havana University. Cabrera Infante emigrated to England in 1966, later taking British citizenship.

Highlights of Writing Career

A film critic, journalist and translator of James Joyce's Dubliners (1972), Cabrera Infante is known chiefly for his fiction, particularly Tres Tristes Tigres (1967, published in English as Three Sad Tigers), an evocation of seedy nightlife in pre-revolutionary Havana.

Cabrera Infante returned to the same themes and characters in his 1996 novel, Ella Cantaba Boleros. Other novels include the semi-autobiographical La Habana para un Infante Difunto (1979, published in English as Infante's Inferno). He also wrote screenplays and adapted his own Tres Tristes Tigres for The Lost City (2005). Other literary credits include a collection of short stories, Así en la paz como en la guerra ("In Peace as in War"), published in 1960; Holy Smoke, a history of tobacco that was published in 1985; and a volume of political essays, Mea Cuba (the title translates as "Cuba Pisses" and is a pun on the Latin phrase "mea culpa"), published in 1991.

Later Years

In 1997, Cabrera Infante was honored with the Miguel de Cervantes Prize, Spain's most esteemed honor for Spanish-language literature. He died on February 21, 2005, at the age of 75, in London, England.

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