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Oscar Hijuelos
Posted: August 15th, 2011

Oscar Hijuelos is no doubt best known for The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, the wildly popular novel which won him the Pulitzer Prize back in 1990. But in a career that spans nearly 30 years, Hijuelos has written 8 novels which critics have consistently praised for their ability to convey the suffering and grace innate in all human life, mostly through the rich depiction of the struggles of working-class Cuban Americans. Earlier this summer, Hijuelos published his first non-fiction book, Thoughts Without Cigarettes, a memoir. In this SundayArts Profile, Rafael Pi Roman speaks to Hijuelos about the memoir and more generally about his life and his writings at the Americas Society.

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