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									Oscar HijuelosOscar Hijuelos
With its lush writing and Proustian sensuousness, Oscar Hijuelos’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, established him as a great literary stylist. In subsequent books, Hijuelos, who enjoys experimenting with form and voice, has continued to explore memory, assimilation, and identity in the rich language that has become his trademark.

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Oscar Hijuelos
Current Home:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
August 24, 1951
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
B.A., City College of the City University of New York, 1975; M.A.,1976
National Book Award nomination; National Book Critics Circle Prize nomination; Pulitzer Prize for fiction, 1990; Guggenheim Fellowship, 1990

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								A Simple Habana Melody: (from when the world was good), Author: 
								Oscar Hijuelos.

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A Simple Habana Melody: (from when the world was good)
by Oscar Hijuelos
After a harrowing experience during World War II, Havana composer Israel Levis returns to his native city and a love he had left behind. Hijuelos's new novel is a love story dedicated to a beautiful city of another era.

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								Empress of the Splendid Season, Author: 
								Oscar Hijuelos.
*  Our House in the Last World (1983)
*  The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love (1989)
*  The Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O'Brien (1993)
*  Mr. Ives' Christmas (1995)
*  Empress of the Splendid Season (1999)
*  A Simple Habana Melody (2002)

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								The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, Author: 
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The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
by Oscar Hijuelos
This alcohol- and lust-fueled novel is a gorgeous reminiscence by a dying musician about the glory days of Cuban music in New York City. It's a nostalgic, atmospheric wonder that won the Pulitzer Prize and made Hijuelos an international literary star. It also became a 1992 film with Armand Assante and Antonio Banderas as the book's combustible Castillo brothers.

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The Cuban-American Experience

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								The Cuban American Family Album, Author: 
								Dorothy Hoobler, Thomas  Hoobler, Oscar Hijuelos (Introduction).

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The Cuban American Family Album
by Dorothy Hoobler, Thomas Hoobler, Oscar Hijuelos (Introduction)
Hijuelos penned the introduction to this 1996 collection of interviews, letters, newspaper accounts, profiles of famous individuals, pictures from family albums, and other documents of the Cuban-American immigrant experience.

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								Before Night Falls: A Memoir, Author: 
								Reinaldo Arenas, Dolores M. Koch (Translator), Dolores M.  Koch (Translator).

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Before Night Falls: A Memoir
by Reinaldo Arenas, Dolores M. Koch (Translator), Dolores M. Koch (Translator)
The Cuban novelist's memoir is a singular, courageous example of life before and after Castro's revolution. The acclaimed movie version by Julian Schnabel earned actor Javier Bardem an Oscar nomination.

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