Los años de Orígenes / Orígenes Years
Lorenzo García Vega

essay / Autobiography
pages: 352
isbn: 978-987-9108-33-8
series: buenos y breves / 5


At the beginning of 1950, Orígenes magazine –directed by José Lezama Lima in La Habana– was the peculiar gathering of modern talents that forged the future of some of the most renovating writers in Spanish. Lorenzo García Vega was part of that group. Later on, in 1978, with the inescapable review to understand his endless exile –Madrid, Caracas, New York and finally Albina Beach (Miami)–, he assumed a self-defined condition of a non-writer writer and became the notary of those years. Orígenes years is a fanciful audacious  collage where Julián del Casal’s presence, the pre-revolutionary moral Cuban critic, the revolution, the Latin American literature boom and its “mummies”, the friendship with Lezama and the reproaches to the master are some of the elements of a testimony, as the author has defined it, which  is a chapter of his own autobiography.

(…) Lorenzo García Vega is also the author of a  book readers never cease to look for, even though it is out of print , and each time is more and more quoted since it is a matter of cult. I mean Orígenes Years (…) And due to this book of cult, Lorenzo García Vega’s fame of loser is reduced. (Antonio José Ponte,   from the preface of El oficio de perder The craft of losing).


Half way to autobiography and portrait of a fearful slow society, Orígenes Years is bright exercise on how not to write an official biography. Here the biography is a settling of scores, a mirror, a search on temporality (challenging the  idea that biography must start by the beginning and finish by the end), a mise en scene of an astrayed subjectivity, a critical diagnosis of a period, the show of an unrivalled prose. Damián Tabarovsky, Cultural section / Perfil

A narrator that becomes one of the most noticeable heads of the quest of Orígenes. Up to certain extent, if I were forced to choose some of the titles coined by Orígenes, I would mention Orígenes Years together with Paradiso. Antonio José Ponte, ADN Cultura /  La Nación


Lorenzo García Vega was born in Jagüey Grande, Matanzas, Cuba, in 1926. He obtain a degree in Law and other in Philosophy from La Habana University; in 1952 won the National Literature Award of Cuba. He published: Poemas para penúltima vez 1948-1989 (1991), Collages de un notario (1992), Espacios para lo huyuyo (1993), Variaciones o como veredicto para sol de otras dudas (1993), Palíndromo en otra cerradura (1999), El oficio de perder (2004), Cuerdas para Aleister (2005), No mueras sin laberinto (published by bajo la luna in 2005), Devastación en el hotel San Luis (2007). Currently he lives in Playa Albina, Miami.


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