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Pablo Medina

October 16, 2001

4:00 Informal Seminar
8:00 p.m. Reading

Both in Recital Hall, PAC
UAlbany, Uptown Campus

The Marks of Birth by Pablo Medina

Cuban-born American writer PABLO MEDINA is a poet, novelist and essayist. His works include the novels The Return of Felix Nogara (Persea Books, 2000, ISBN 0-89255-251-4) and The Marks of Birth (1994), the poetry collections The Floating Island (1999) and Arching into the Afterlife (1991), and the essay collection Exiled Memories: A Cuban Childhood (1990). His work has appeared in American Poetry Review and Iguana Dreams among others. He lives in Miami.

"This is a novel of sweat-slicked, sorrowful history, mythic and actual at once. The personal, in these pages, is indeed political; madness in his Cuba is moral; and Pablo Medina's clean, honest prose can break your heart." - Frederick Busch on The Return of Felix Nogara

"I much admired Medina's first book, Exiled Memories, and am delighted to report that his novel The Marks of Birth is also a rewarding and well-done work: I recommend The Marks of Birth and hope it finds a wide readership." - Oscar Hijuelos

"Lyrical and powerfully evocative. The Marks of Birth forces us to question the politics of revolt and revolution by examining the spiritual, psychological and material effects on a family in tumult. Medina's prose has the intensity and beauty of poetry, and his characters seem to step off the page and settle in your heart, their voices mingling with the voices of your youth, calling to mind the treasured tyranny of familial love." - Robert Boswell

Medina's appearance is in conjunction with the art exhibit, "Passionately Cuban," which will be on display from October 13 through November 16, 2001 at the University Art Museum on UAlbany's uptown campus.
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