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Hamlet Lavastida

PROLOGUE | PERSONAL Hamlet, where are you from, where were you born and when? I was born in Havana, Cuba. How and where do you currently live and work? I am now working and living at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien with an artistic grant until October. Which writers do you currently find exciting and which books are on your bookshelf? Here in my Berlin studio I have:  Art and Production (Boris Arvatov), Antes que Anochezca (Reynaldo Arenas), Confluencias (José Lezama Lima), The Pale Horse (Boris Savinkov), Heart of a Dog (Mikhail Bulgakov). Which books have influenced or shaped you? Many, but I will especially keep in mind: Cuentos Fríos (Virgilio Piñera), Los Siete Locos y Los Lanzallamas (Roberto Arlt), Operación Masacre (Rodolfo Walsh), 1984 (George Orwell), In the country of last things (Paul Auster), Dead Souls (Nikolai Gogol) and a lot of police and crime fiction novels. What music do you listen to and when?  Always Cuban music from all times. And polish jazz from the 60s. But also a lot of rock. I really love good and classic rock. What do you think about breakfast? Breakfast is very important to me. I prefer to drink tea and eat bread with something on it. Honestly: Breakfast is a vital ritual in the morning for me. Unfortunately, in my country Cuba it is a luxury. Because of the lack of food it is almost impossible for the average Cuban families to have a proper breakfast. The tragedy of the shortage of proper meals in the morning is also the general tragedy of many Cubans. Do you have special passions for which you are burning, and if so, which ones? I like to read about history and politics. These are my hobbies and probably my obsessions. …

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Image caption: Hamlet Lavastida, Courtesy Galerie Crone Berlin Wien, Photo: Peter Rosemann


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