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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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
|The Best Book to Read First|
|The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love|
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|
|The Cuban American Family Album|
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.
|Before Night Falls: A Memoir|
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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