Antón Arrufat

Antón Arrufat (Santiago de Cuba, 1935) is a poet, playwright, fiction writer, essayist, literary critic and journalist. He published in the literary journal Ciclón, was a writer for the weekly Lunes de Revolución, and was chief editor for the groundbreaking journal Casa de las Américas (1960-1965). He worked as a literary advisor to Cuba’s most important theater company Teatro Estudio and as a writer for the magazine Revolución y Cultura. In 1968, he was accused of being a counterrevolutionary for his play Los siete contra Tebas (1968, UNEAC Prize) and suffered many years of ostracism. He has received Cuba’s National Literature Prize, Cuba’s Prize for National Culture, the Alejo Carpentier Medal, and the Critic’s Prize seven times.