CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

Dreaming (in) the Republic: Reassessing Enrique Labrador Ruíz’s Trailer de sueños

Department

Department of Literature and Modern Languages

Publication Date

Spring 2012

Publication Title

Quadrivium: A Journal of Multidisciplinary Scholarship

ISSN

2474-5766

Volume

4

Issue/No.

1

First Page

1

Last Page

8

Abstract

Poet, novelist, short story writer and journalist, Enrique Labrador Ruíz (1902–1991) was perhaps one of the most important writers of the Cuban Republic. The son of a carpenter, this self-taught writer was born and raised in the town of Sagua la Grande, in the central province of Las Villas. He began working as a journalist at the age of 16, serving as a correspondent to several Havana newspapers (Sánchez 10–11). In his 20s he lived and worked in the southern coast city of Cienfuegos before finally settling in the capital city of Havana. At odds with the Castro government, Labrador Ruíz went into exile in 1976, living briefly in Spain and Venezuela, before settling permanently in Miami in 1978, where he spent his last years (Fernández & Labrador Ruíz 267).

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