José Lezama Lima’s Home Becomes National Monument

The house where Cuban writer José Lezama Lima lived for more than nine decades, which was converted into a museum, has received renewed attention this year with the commemoration of the centenary of his birth. The building holds countless documents and objects that tell volumes about the life and creative energy of the author of Paradiso, “one of the most significant novels of Ibero-American letters of the twentieth century.” The author was also an avid collector of the artwork of his contemporaries. The José Lezama Lima Museum was inaugurated in 1994 and is now considered a National Monument.

In this house, located at 162 Trocadero Street in the heart of Havana, where he lived with his mother Rosa, Lezama wrote his prodigious poetic work, narrative, and essays; mapped out journals that are indelible milestones in Cuban culture; and was in constant dialogue with other artists.

For full article, in Spanish, see http://alocubano.nireblog.com/post/2010/12/21/casa-del-escritor-jose-lezama-lima-es-declarada-monumento-nacional

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