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by Carlos J. Queirós, AARP VIVA, Summer 2010
Oscar Hijuelos—the first Latino to win the Pulitzer Prize in fiction—gives advice to his younger self, describes the Cuba of his imagination, and tells us what's next.
Hijuelos' reading of, Beautiful Maria of My Soul.
Part I. Winning the Pulitzer and becoming an egomaniac.
Part II. How Mambo Kings and Beautiful Maria work together.
Part III. The boleros of his parents' generation.
Part IV. Returning to Cuba, nostalgia, and research.
Part V. Balancing teaching and writing.
Part VI. Aging and its relationship with time.
Part VII. Flavoring his writing with Spanish.
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