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Guantanamera, the only publishing stamp for Cuban authors, shines in Miami

The algorithms and a travel writer in love with Cuba convinced the Spanish publisher Lantia that the great literary talent of Cubans deserved their own stamp. year and a half Guantanamera, which today has more than one hundred titles.

Miami, Nov 15 (EFE) .- The algorithms and a travel writer in love with Cuba convinced the Spanish publisher Lantia that the great literary talent of Cubans deserved a stamp own. strong self-publishing, are in Miami to publicize during the Book Fair of the city this "romantic idea", as defined by the first.

Daniel is also with them Pinilla, editorial director of Guantanamera, who before embarking on the adventure of publicizing the variety of voices and genres of Cuban writers inside and outside the island published in another seal of Lantia "Hasta el mojito siempre" (Samarkand), a book about Cuba from the eyes of a fascinated traveler.

Lantia is a technological company applied to the publishing world that publishes about 250 books a month under the concept of "print on demand", which means that only a title is printed when someone orders it. but they are published "one by one", says Parrilla in an interview with Efe.

The Sevillian publishing house uses all available technological tools, including algorithms, with which the "first screen" of the manuscripts he receives is done.

The algorithms told them that the manuscripts sent by Cuban authors had an "extraordinary" quality, well above the average, based on several parameters and a human being, Pinilla, corroborated him with his knowledge of Cuban literature acquired "in situ".

"On my return to Spain I proposed in my editorial (Samarcanda), to open a stamp focused on Cuban books so that so much talent could be enjoyed on a global scale, "says Pinilla.

The catalog includes titles of authors who they live in Cuba, in Spain, in the United States, Mexico and other countries, some already known and many new and unknown, and which corresponds to a wide variety of genres, novels, stories, theater, essay and poetry, among others.

According to Parrilla, this would not have been possible in only a year and a half without the platform with which Lantia has the link between the authors and the stamp and through which you can instantly know how each book is working.

Even with the difficulties of access to the internet that authors who live on the island have The process is viable, he adds.

Precisely, the high cost of the internet is one of the things that gives Cuban literature a special attraction according to Pinilla.

Other factors are the geographic and political characteristics of the country and that who decides to write does not do it thinking about economic reasons, points out.

The point of view is different, there is more variety and originality in the themes, a very rich language and a very characteristic sense of humor. They have lost.

In the catalog there are titles of well-known authors in Cuba, such as Eduardo del Llano, an author and filmmaker who is always controversial, but with many followers in Cuba, of whom Guantanamera he has published "La calle de la comedia".

Massiel Rubio, playwright living in Madrid, Yoe Suárez, a young Cuban journalist with international experience, Raúl Aguiar, head of the Center Onelio (Jorge Cardoso) of training for writers in Havana, Leslie Cruz Rodríguez, resident historian in Miami, Alejandro Zamora, resident in Havana and specialist in Cuban music, and Abilio Suárez, theater director resident in Berlin, are some of the authors of Guantanamera.

The stamp was presented at the London Book Fair a few months ago and Lantia was contact shortly by the Creative Artists Agency of Los Angeles (CAA) with a view to acquiring rights for film adaptations of interesting works.

Among the authors of Lantia is the famous Paulo Coelho, who is self-publishing some of his first books as rights expire with publishers.

In addition, through the platform of Lantia, Random House and the Planeta group are publishing books by new authors and self-published under the Caligrama and Universe of Letters, respectively.

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