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Martes, 29 de Julio de 2014
  • Lucía López Coll
  • 29 de Julio de 2014
Muere en La Habana el reconocido arquitecto e intelectual.

No quisiera que este artículo se leyera como un obituario. Los obituarios hablan de la destacada trayectoria profesional de la persona fallecida, de sus logros fundamentales o de sus mayores éxitos, y a veces se olvidan del hombre que soñó, trabajó y hasta sufrió por esos logros. Los homenajes por lo general están contaminados por esa fría formalidad de los actos oficiales y tampoco desearía que este artículo se leyera únicamente como un homenaje. En este momento en que todavía lo sentimos tan próximo, me gustaría simplemente recordar a Mario Coyula Cowley como el intelectual que ha dejado una impronta innegable en el entorno cultural cubano, el profesional de reconocido talento que tanto admiramos y el hombre de acendrados valores humanos que respetamos todavía más.

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  • Leonardo Padura Fuentes
  • 28 de Julio de 2014
A necessary dissection of a not too distant past.

When in early 2007 what would be called the “small email war” was launched by Cuban writers, artists and intellectuals, once again a conflict that, despite the years had still not been resolved, at least in the memory and soul of that social community, was brought up in the Cuban cultural sphere. Because the processes that took place in Cuba’s society and cultural policy starting in 1971, with their alarming antecedents and painful and dilated consequences throughout a grey quinquennium or black decade, demonstrated that it was still an open wound, to which the attempts of acritical recovery of certain protagonists of the cultural policy of that time added salt to the open wound.

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  • Roberto Méndez Martínez
  • 28 de Julio de 2014
On the poet’s bicentennial.

A few years ago a monument to poet José Jacinto Milanés (1814-1863) was placed just in front of the Matanzas cathedral. For passers-by he has always been a very small man, something like a child dressed in a large frock coat. What is curious is that the stories of literature have not taken the trouble of denying that image, which has accompanied him until the year of his bicentennial.

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  • Lucía López Coll
  • 28 de Julio de 2014
The renowned architect and intellectual passes away in Havana.

I would not like this article to be read as an obituary. Obituaries speak of the outstanding professional career of the deceased person, of his fundamental achievements or his greatest successes, and at times forget the man who dreamed, worked and even suffered over those achievements. Tributes are generally contaminated by that cold formality of the official ceremonies and I wouldn’t like this article to be read only as a tribute. Now that we still feel him so close, I would simply like to remember Mario Coyula Cowley as the intellectual who has left an undeniable mark in the Cuban cultural environment, the professional of renowned talent who we admired so much and the man of true human value who we respect even more.

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  • José Antonio Michelena
  • 28 de Julio de 2014
Times and affinities.

The Brazil 2014 World Football Cup was intensely lived in Cuba and, at least in Havana, with great effervescence, unleashed emotions and fanaticisms expressed in diverse spaces, where the fans exhibited the symbols of their teams, sang their victories or cried over their defeats in each of the matches until the last one. But, why that football passion in a Caribbean country that never gets through the regional eliminatory rounds? Is it a sudden fever?

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