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Exiled Cuban writer dies aged 75
Guillermo Cabrera Infante
Cuban writer Infante had lived in the UK since 1965
Cuban writer Guillermo Cabrera Infante, well known for his criticism of Fidel Castro's regime, has died aged 75.

Infante, who died of an infection in hospital after breaking a hip, had lived in London for 40 years.

He was best known for the 1967 book Three Trapped Tigers, which focused on the culture and nightlife of pre-revolutionary Havana.

In 1997, he was awarded the Cervantes Prize - considered the highest honour in Spanish-language literature.

Infante, who was born in Gibara, eastern Cuba, began his career in Cuba as a writer and cinema critic.


He was initially a supporter of Fidel Castro's Cuban revolution, but became disillusioned when Castro's goverment began to embrace communism and censorship.

The changes prompted him to leave Cuba, and he moved to the UK in 1965.

Infante's other works include 1974's View of Dawn in the Tropics, 1979's Havana for a Dead Prince, and 1993's Mea Cuba, a series of essays criticising Castro's regime.

He also wrote the screenplay for the recent film The Lost City, which was based on Three Trapped Tigers and directed by Cuban-born actor Andy Garcia.

"He died far from his country but free of a master," said Infante's wife, actress Miriam Gomez. "He carried Cuba inside of him. His Cuba does not exist any more."




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