The first two numbers of La Gaceta de Cuba (The Gazette of Cuba, in English) magazine for 2018 comprise approaches to Cuban culture processes
By: Rubén Ricardo Infante
Because of the Lezamian concurrent chance, the first two numbers of 2018 were published within a few days. For this reason, team members decided to make both presentations and the delivery of La Gaceta de Cuba Poetry Prize happen together.
Felix Julio Alfonso, DrSc. and curator Silvia Llanes were invited to the presentations, making the introductory words to each of the releases.
These invitations to the specialists were not accidental. The first number collects several works that argue about different aspects that make up the so-called Narratives of the nation; while the second, dedicates some lines to learn by first-hand the experiences of costume designers who have contributed to the final image of our cinema.
Narratives of the nation includes a set of works that cover with other areas of our culture, widening the sights to obtain a comprehensive map of our history. With great interest, this issue of La Gaceta … highlights those years between the end of the colony and the birth of the republic.
For this reason, the work of the narrators Ramón Meza and Miguel del Carrión is analyzed, where they bring to light texts that were only known in periodicals.
Arturo Sotto’s interview to Luis García Mesa, brings back the interest in holding these conversations next to the Cinecitta, so as to know the life stories of our cinema protagonists.
This delivery is dedicated to pay tribute to Eduard Encina, a poet who left profound traces in his readers and friends. Death came sooner than expected for Encina to finish the book of his life. The opinions of Yunier Riquenes and Caridad Atencio reinforce the criteria about that kind and honest man who knew how to make poetry a space for freedom and creation.
As for the second volume of one of the most relevant publications of the Cuban publishing scene, it includes extracts of the interviews made to costume designers in Cuban cinema with the aim of knowing some of their experiences. The anecdotes of Lorenzo Urbistondo, Nieves Laferte, Gabriel Hierrezuelo, Nancy González, Vladimir Cuenca and Diana Fernández, allow us to get an idea of the peculiarities of this field.
As part of this series of texts on the Narratives of the nation, the Interactive History of Cuban Audiovisual is presented, where Juan Antonio García Borrero delves into part of the history of Cuban cinema.
The variety of contents, the texts quality, the arguments of the judgments enunciated in each one of the opinions and the diversity of criteria, make the magazine worthy of praise. The sustained capacity of the members of its editorial team to delve into the web of our history and to expose Cubans daily life, make of La Gaceta de Cuba, a fundamental magazine.
Translated by ESTI