Pedro Juan Gutiérrez (1846 words)


One of the most recognized writers from contemporary Cuba is Pedro Juan Gutiérrez, a former journalist who is best known for his narrative depictions of Havana during the economic crisis into which the island sank in the 1990s. Described as “Central Havana’s literary chronicler” (Ruffinelli 149), Gutiérrez portrays the lives of ordinary people amassed in Centro Habana, the most populated district in the Cuban capital: street hustlers, tourists, winos sleeping on the street, prostitutes, ex-cons, white-collar workers, and intellectuals, all eking out an existence in the daunting realities of the capital city.

Pedro Juan Gutiérrez was born on January 27, 1950 in Matanzas, Cuba. He spent his childhood traveling between …

Citation: Oxford, Lori. "Pedro Juan Gutiérrez". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 August 2016 [, accessed 03 August 2020.]

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