Reading the first novel by Reynaldo Fernández Pavón “El Lirio del Prado” was a heartwarming experience, beautiful and refreshing. For the first time I’ve started re-reading a novel immediately after reaching its final page. I did not want to finish reading it!
In his narrative, the author presents a group of characters from various corners of the world come together for various reasons in the creation of what is now the Cuban society. Thanks to the magic involved in first-person narrative, the reader is left with the feeling of talking and “talking shop” with the characters in the novel. In an intimate and discreet at the same time, we discover in this dialogue adventures, trials, companies, fears and challenges of the plot unfold in which the lives of the protagonists, mostly women full of charm and courage.
In this literary work is coupled with the richness of being interwoven with aspects of the history of colonialism, independence and revolution of the first steps of republicanism Cuban, who sows the reader curious to learn more about the heroes who made it possible Cuba’s independence and to understand more fully the historical processes of the Caribbean nation. I think important to note that even though it is a novel, the experience of slavery and its aftermath in Latin American societies, from the perspective of men and women enslaved and Afro-descendants are reliable. These appointments coincide with the findings that are producing and documenting the contemporary research touch on the African Diaspora.
An important aspect that emerges from this literary work is the global reality that flows first in the formation of what we today know as Spain and then the formation of the Caribbean and Latin American region. Through these pages you can find ethnic and multicultural nature of the encounter between American cultures, Moors (North African), Indian, Spanish / European and African sub-Saharan Africa which is expressed mainly in the Caribbean, because the hundreds of thousands of Africans who were braided in this region during the time of the slave trade.
Finally, perhaps the most beautiful “El Lirio del Prado” novel is a very delicate and graceful hand leads us to explore in a very peculiar optical complexity of human feelings in a historical framework that is still under study and research. Reynaldo, Thanks for sharing this song from the sensibility!
NYU History Department
African Diaspora Program
Latin America and Caribbean Region