Pedro Juan Gutiérrez

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Pedro Juan Gutiérrez (born January 27, 1950 in Matanzas , Cuba ) is a Cuban writer , painter, sculptor, poet and journalist.


At the age of eleven he began to work as an ice cream and cigarette seller, later worked as a swimming and kayak instructor, as a sugar cane cutter and farm worker, as a construction engineer and technical draftsman. He also served as a soldier in the Cuban Army for five years.

The author of several novels now lives in Havana .


  • 2000 Alfonso Garcia-Ramos Prize (Spain) for Animal Tropical .
  • 2003 Narrativa Sur del Mundo (Italy) for Not a Little Love .

Works (selection)

  • Dirty Havana Trilogy ("Trilogía sucia de la Habana", 1999). Verlag Hoffmann & Campe, Hamburg 2002, ISBN 3-455-02543-9 .
  • The King of Havana ("El rey de la Habana", 2000). Verlag Hoffmann & Campe, Hamburg 2003, ISBN 978-3-442-45955-1 .
  • Animal Tropical. Roman ("Animal tropical", 2000). Verlag Hoffmann & Campe, Hamburg 2004, ISBN 3-455-02545-5 .
  • The insatiable spider man ("El insaciable hombre araña", 2002). Verlag Hoffmann & Campe, Hamburg 2006, ISBN 978-3-455-40014-4 .
  • Not a bit of love (“Carne de perro”, 2003). Verlag Hoffmann & Campe, Hamburg 2008, ISBN 978-3-455-02549-1 .
  • Poesía visual (PDF, 5.88 MB), 5 poetry collages (Spanish), in: Nueva Sociedad November / December 2012


His novel The King of Havana was filmed by the Spanish director Agustí Villaronga with Cuban leading actors and premiered in September 2015. After the Cuban Film Institute refused to apply for permits for Havana, production had to be relocated to locations in the Dominican Republic.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. As an audio book: The King of Havana . Abridged version. Verlag Hoffmann & Campe Audio, Hamburg 2003 (3 CDs, read by Stephan Benson ).
  2. 'El rey de La Habana', una película que duele ver. In: Diario de Cuba of September 28, 2015 (Spanish)