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Saturday, February 18, 2012

George Lamming Thanks Alba Award for the Work of his Life

Havana, Cuba, Feb 18.- Barbadian writer George Lamming said that the award granted to him by Alba for the work of his life also recognizes generations of intellectuals who have promoted the Latin American and Caribbean unity.

In a phone interview with Prensa Latina, the renowned writer, 85, said that this award of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (Alba) "is not only a recognition to my personal work, but also to all the generations of intellectuals who have promoted unity among the Latin American and Caribbean family."

Laming treasured that the regional political entity had granted him this prize. "It makes me very happy to see that Alba shows the cultural contribution of its member countries and I personally gratified for the recognition to my work", said Lamming.

Born in Carrington Village, Barbados, June 8, 1927, the poet, novelist, essayist, critic, and social commentator have received many acknowledgments and international prizes, including the doctor Honoris Causa granted by the University of West Indies, the University of Havana, and the City University of New York.

Asked about the current situation in the Caribbean, the writer considered that the region is living a difficult period of big transitions. The Caribbean has suffered big defeats, great part of the work of generations has been lost and that work must be completed, said the Barbadian writer.

Following the collapse of the Grenadian Revolution, progressive forces in the Caribbean, with the exception of Cuba, retracted and it was very difficult for that movement to emerge,¿ said Lamming, who expressed confidence that ¿this generation reflects on the importance of that movement and will move forward the struggle for the liberation of the region.

Regarding the links with Cuba and Casa de las Americas, Lamming said that this cultural institution, founded in Havana on April 1959, has been the meeting place of Caribbean and Latin American intellectuals.

Lamming said than more than one generation of Caribbean intellectuals have been benefited with the work of Casa de las Americas and noted that since 1970 Cuba became center of the Caribbean culture.

Belonging to the literary generation that led the boom of the Caribbean letters and arts in the 50's and 60's of last century, Lamming lived in exile because most of the authors of that period were mainly living in London.

Among his works at that period highlight In the Castle of My Skin, The Pleasure of Exile, The immigrants, Season of Adventure, most of them about his native region, apart from other works published in the famous Bim magazine, which will celebrate its 70th anniversary next year and is currently directed by him.

Lamming published in the 1970's his novels Water with Berries, and Natives of my Person, this last one considered by critics as his main work, which is about the crossing of a ship carrying slaves to Saint Kitts.

The author continues very active at his age and he travelled to Havana last year for coordinating the publication of an edition of the prestigious Bim magazine dedicated to Cuba. (Prensa Latina).