Cuban writer Michel Encinosa Fú (Havana, 1974) was recently awarded the 2011 City of Santa Clara Foundation Prize for short story for his piece “El crimen de San Jorge.” Cuba Now reports on his growing acclaim and many well-deserved awards:
Read the list: Cauce Award, 2001; Ernest Hemingway Prize, 2002; The Double Flame, 2004; two Calendario Awards in 2006, for short story and science fiction; Cirilo Villaverde and Hermanos Loynaz prizes, 2008; City of Matanzas Foundation Award for short story, 2008…
Born in Havana in 1974, and today editor for the Havana publishing house Extramuros, this author first principally distinguished himself for science fiction and epic fantasy, which succeeded in placing him among Cuba’s worthiest exponents of the genre. It suffices to mention: Sol negro (Extramuros, 2001), Niños de neón (Letras Cubanas, 2001) and Dioses de neón (Letras Cubanas, 2006).
In recent years, Michel Encinosa’s thematic and stylistic interests have expanded towards composing a type of literature, in which a realist vision has greater weight, although seasoned with elements of the absurd and fantastic. As examples we mention the works: Vivir y morir sin ángeles (Letras Cubanas, 2009) and Casi la verdad (Ediciones Matanzas, 2009). “Azul y el único juego importante,” the story for which he received the 2007 Carlos Enríquez Prize, awarded by the magazine El Caimán Barbudo, falls within this perspective.
[Other works by Michel Encinosa Fú include Veredas (Extramuros, 2006); Dopamina Sans Amour (Casa Editora Abril, 2008); and Enemigo sin vos (Casa Editora Abril, 2008).]