Cuban historian and essayist Rafael Rojas to present his latest work, La maquina del olvido, at the Instituto Cervantes in New York

May 07, 2012, 16:46 ET from PRISA Ediciones

MIAMI, May 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Renowned Cuban historian and essayist Rafael Rojas, winner of the first Isabel Polanco International Essay Prize (2009), will present La maquina del olvido. Mito, historia y poder en Cuba (The Apparatus of Oblivion: Myth, History, and Power in Cuba) in New York. The event will take place on Tuesday, May 8th at 7PM at the Instituto Cervantes, located on 211 East 49th Street. Entrance to the event is free.

La maquina del olvido (Taurus, 2012), is a compendium of essays on the history of ideas in Cuba that analyzes the birth of Cuban historiography; the political culture in the island prior to the Revolution; the Cuban constitution and its minor influence in countries that have sought to follow the Fidelist model; the creation of the single discourse of the Castro regime and its determination to survive. The presenters' panel is composed of prominent figures Arcadio Diaz Quiñones from Princeton University, Mirta Ojito from Columbia University, and Vanni Pettina from the Library of Congress

About the author

Rafael Rojas (Santa Clara, Cuba, 1965). Cuban historian and essayist, he resides in Mexico. Rojas holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Havana and a Doctorate in History from El Colegio de Mexico. His published works include Cuba mexicana. Historia de una anexion imposible (Premio Matias Romero de Historia Diplomatica, 1999); La escritura de la independencia. El surgimiento de la opinion pública en Mexico (Taurus, 2003); La Independencia. Los libros de la patria, in collaboration with Antonio Annino, and Tumbas sin sosiego. Revolucion, disidencia y exilio intelectual cubano, (Anagrama Essay Prize, 2006). Rojas was awarded the Isabel Polanco International Essay Prize in its first edition in 2009 for Las repúblicas de aire.  Utopia y desencanto en la revolucion de Hispanoamerica.