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Name: Rosales, Guillermo (1946-1993)

Historical Note:

Guillermo Rosales (1946-1993) was a Havana-born Cuban novelist most well-known for his short story collection El juego de la viola (1968), for which he was selected as a finalist for Cuba's Casa de las Américas literary competition.

Working as a journalist and writer in Cuba, Rosales left the island in 1979 for Spain, eventually settling in Miami and living between halfway houses. His experiences in Miami served as material for his autobiographical novella, La casa de los náufragos (1987).

Rosales suffered from schizophrenia throughout his life. He committed suicide in 1993, destroying the majority of his work before he died. An English translation of La casa de los náufragos titled The Halfway House was published posthumously by New Directions in 2009, and a collection of short stories, Leapfrog (New Directions, 2013), is forthcoming.


Miami Herald obituary, 7/7/1993.

Note Author: Amanda Moreno

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