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Cuban author presents his "Cinema Paradiso" at the Miami Book Fair

The "struggle against oblivion" that the journalist Alejandro Ríos has waged for ten years from the columns of a Miami newspaper has been translated into a book that shows the life of "prohibitions" and to deal with "socialist" products that he had to live in Cuba.

Miami, November 9 (EFE) .- The "struggle against oblivion" that journalist Alejandro Ríos has waged for ten years from the columns of a Miami newspaper has been translated into a book that shows the life of "prohibitions" and dealing with "socialist" products that he had to live in Cuba.

"I want everyone to remember this, because human beings tend to forget and sometimes do for health, "says the author of" La mirada indiscreta "in an interview with Efe.

Ríos, exiled in 1992, will present the book edited by Hypermedia in the 34th edition of the Feria del Book of Miami, which will be inaugurated next November 12.

"It has been a life of prohibitions, although the most notable was that of the Beatles, there were many others, from a Romanian book Panait Istrati because he had a gay chapter, even Marcel Proust, passing through Silvio Rodríguez, who at some point in his life, before he became the regime's minstrel, He was also marginalized, "Rios points out.

A good part of those memories he shares now in a book that he would like to be read starting with any page and that has been titled just like a book. film program that leads on a local television channel.

The Book and the program -he says- "share that vision of revealing the things that the Cuban cultural institutions and the The government has manipulated. "

According to Rios, who worked at the Cuban Ministry of Culture, cinema was always part of his life because his father had a printing house where they came from. the programs for the Havana neighborhood cinemas.

He also distributed the rolls of film when only one copy was circulating in Cuba.

"He was riding a motorcycle. cinema they saw the first roll, in another they were with the number 6. My father, who was called Ramón Ríos, guaranteed that this circuit would work. journalist in reference to the Italian film by Giuseppe Tornatore (1988) that leaves a sentimental memory of the European post-war period.

Ríos also recalls in his true chronicles events such as the arrival of the first TV home.

"They gave it to my dad for being a hard worker. He was a VEB Rafena of the GDR (Communist East Germany) that it was constantly breaking and had to be taken to the 'consolidated' "(official name in Cuba of the workshops to repair appliances).

" We were always linked to the worst production industrial world. coordinating with the Miami Dade College the Program of Ibero-American Authors of the Book Fair, through which great figures of literature have passed and passed.

This year the The Spanish language fair is opened by María Dueñas, the successful author of "El tiempo entre costuras" and the closing of the Chilean Jorge Edwards, Cervantes Prize for Literature.

Of the same way the fair, organized by Miami Dade College, has extended invitations to other great Latin American literature that, for ideological reasons, have declined "politely".

"El The Cuban government has dedicated itself to demonizing Miami. other poets on the left never wanted to come (...) because they had the suspicion that this was a diabolical place, "regrets Rios.

Rios feels happy to present this book in a Fair that you know so well.

My columns in the newspaper El Nuevo Herald "have a literary vocation." literary journalism without missing the truth ".

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