Liberty as Heresy: a lecture by Cuban writer Leonardo Padura

Florida International University’s Cuban Research Institute (CRI) will host award-winning Cuban writer Leonardo Padura for a lecture focused on the origins of his latest novel, “Herejes” (Heretics, 2013), a story about freedom and the tragic incident of the SS St. Louis, a ship with more than 900 Jewish refugees on board which arrived in Cuba in 1939, but was never allowed to disembark.

Leonardo Padura

Leonardo Padura

Leonardo Padura Fuentes is a prolific journalist, essayist, novelist and writer of screenplays, whose works have been translated into 17 languages, including English, French and German. He is best known for his series of detective novels featuring Mario Conde.

The lecture will take place in the Middle Ballroom at FIU’s Graham Center on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

The lecture will be delivered in Spanish, and it is free and open to the public. It is cosponsored by FIU’s Latin American and Caribbean Center and the Department of Modern Languages, and Fundación Amistad.

For more information, and to RSVP, call 305-348-1991 or email

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