Generation Zero features 16 short stories in English translation, in print for first time

PITTSBURGH, PA – Jan. 30, 2014: City of Asylum is pleased to announce the release of the English-language, print edition of Generation Zero: An Anthology of New Cuban Fiction. Orginally published serially online at SampsoniaWay.org, this is the first time the stories have been published in print in English. Generation Zero is the first volume in a planned series of anthologies of contemporary writing from countries where freedom of expression is threatened.

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Generation Zero includes 16 short stories, selected and edited by Havana-based writer Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo. Featured are works by Abel Fernández-Larrea, Ahmel Echevarría Peré, Carlos Esquivel, Erick Mota, Gleyvis Coro Montanet, Jhortensia Espineta, Jorge Alberto Aguiar Díaz, Jorge Enrique Lage, Lia Villares, Lien Carrazana, Lizabel Mónica, Michel Encinosa Fú, Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, Osdany Morales, Polina Martínez Shviétsova, and Raúl Flores. Cover illustrations are by Havana-based graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado (known as “El Sexto”) and Luis Trápaga.Translators include Mary Jo Porter, Zachary Tackett, Maria Lourdes Capote, Karen Gonzalez, Alison Macomber, Guillermo Parra, David Iaconangelo, Diana Alvarez-Amell, and Juan O. Tamayo.

“There are many writers currently creating canon-defying literature inside Cuba,” observed Silvia Duarte, Managing Editor of SampsoniaWay.org. “We invited Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo to curate a collection of short works by writers who are creating new trends in Cuban Literature.” She added, “The anthology doesn’t aim to be absolute or complete; our intent is to open a door to the Island’s newer literary movements.”

Pardo Lazo—the author of Boring Home (2009), editor of the independent opinion and literary e-zine Voces, and a columnist for SampsoniaWay.org—chose to focus the anthology on a group of writers whose careers began in or after 2000, referred to as Generación Año Cero (Generation Zero). “These are the island’s emerging literary voices,” he stated, “Writers whose styles and topics and points of view are post-Fidel—post-revolutionary, if you will. Rather than making a simple selection of new work by long-established writers, I wanted to track the new ideas and innovations in Cuban literature.”

Critical Response to Generation Zero

“This compilation of short stories might well say more about Cuba’s reality than most news reports.Some of the island’s best emerging writers reach outside Cuba through their work – even as we look in – sometimes with depth, sometimes with irreverence but always with great punch.”
—Juan O. Tamayo, Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald (USA)

“Cubans no longer speak the same language…In Generation Year Zero, sarcasm, deterritorialization, transvestism, fragmentation, colloquialism, hybridization, adventure, and imagination are redesigning Cuban identity, recovering their power of subversion and resignifying Utopia.”
—Paulo A. Paranaguá, Le Monde (France)

“Although some may believe it’s not true, freedom of expression is never completely undermined. This has been demonstrated by this brilliant group of Cuban authors: with their stories they prove that the days of the Communist Inquisition on the island are about to end.”
—José María Ballester Esquivias, La Gaceta Intereconomía (Spain)


Generation Zero: An Anthology of Cuban Fiction
Selected and edited by Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo
©2014 Sampsonia Way Magazine, a publication of City of Asylum/Pittsburgh
Product Information:
Paperback: 206 pages
Price: $9.96
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 22, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1494221799
Available: January 29, 2014 from Amazon.com and SampsoniaWay.org






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