A testimony based on respect, admiration and love.
A brief look to the life and work of Armando Hart Dávalos by Ph.D. Eloísa Carreras, her partner in life and art.
22 de febrero de 2017 - By Yuricel Romero Mastrapa
At a press conference, Eloísa Carreras Ph.D. , talked about the life and work of her husband, Armando Hart Dávalos, whom this 26th International Book Fair is dedicated. This Cuban woman researcher and intellectual is a very deep follower of Hart's work, besides being his wife for over thirty years. In addition, she is the author of the most complete biography of this personality of the Cuban literature.
- What can you tell us about Armando Hart Dávalos at this Fair devoted to him?
“First of all, this fair has been a great pleasure for Armando. He attended the first edition of Havana's International Book Fair and knows very well this big event, as well as us, and perhaps a little more. Therefore, he is aware that it is a significant event for the Cuban culture, that goes beyond everything. We are dedicating this edition to a man with a huge work, of which so less has been published, due to the humility that distinguishes him. Hart always thought that the Fair had to be dedicated to other people”.
“What's most important is not this fair, but the ones to come and those who will be honored, he commented me a while ago, you can imagine how humble he is”.
“I've been studying his work very hard since I was a university student…, when he was Minister of Culture (the time I met him). When he was asked why he did not allow me to make public his writings, so necessary... In my case, for example, he denied me that possibility. At the meantime, I insisted in doing that. He usually had the same answer: As long as there is a poet in Cuba, even a young writer who has not been published, the minister of culture should not be published”.
“He did not even allow, El Aldabonazo -The bang-, an excellent book written in 1976, to be published until 1994”.
“In short, I could tell you that the Fair made him realize he had to move on…, especially after the saddest events that took place last November, that terrible lost he had to face. Armando feels he must keep on fitghting for what both have always wished: that culture and education continue being the pillars of the Revolution.”
- Eloísa speaks of The Indispensable Ones in Armando Hart.
“The Indispensable Ones in Hart are in all his writings. However, I think they are very well summed up in Faith, traces in my memory from the epic. This book is a sort of new edition of Hart's old profiles. We were very pleased that this time there were not only new profiles, but a book where the essence of those epic traces found in Hart's life emerge. Armando is that kind of person who's always studying and learning, especially from the young ones, which he makes evident in this book.” The second chapter, for instance, is entitled Evocation and is dedicated to the main figures of the so-called Generación del Centenario1, above all, from the second half of the twentieth century. It is, thus, a very comprehensive text.
- How have you lived -being a mother and a professional- with a man who always urged you to create?
“One cannot stop writing or creating being accompanied by a person like him. Armando is a creative volcano; he lives to create and he transmits that. He sees socialism in the horizon and assures that, in order to find it, we have to work; therefore he sleeps and wakes up thinking we should never stop doing things or that what we have to do them day by day to achieve it. As to me, her partner in life, I've had to stick to it, no matter what. Anyways, for me it is a privilege having met him and accompanied a man like him for a very long time.”
- How do the youth be fairthful to Hart's work and legacy?
“I think the first thing they should do is, like us, be faithful to their time, because the young of today cannot think the same way as those from the eighties or the nineties. That is what Hart has always thought. Each genertion has its own challenges. What it is important is their cultural formation.”
Carreras did not want to finish his interview without making referrence, in his own name and in that of his colleague to Marti's phrase they both share, which reads: Thanking is one of the most exquisite things of life.
“I want to thank all, starting by the Chronicle project where Armando's entire work heritage has been preserved up to this date, and where we made this work. We are absolutely grateful as regards to the whole publishing system and the Cuban Book Institute, as well as to the media, for having supporting us and making us possible to do this homage to Armando Hart's writings in this Fair.”
A testimony from respect, admiration and love shows us the greatness of a man of the Cuban Literature named Armando Hart Dávalos.
1 Generacion del Centenario was the name given to a group of young men who, headed by Fidel Castro, decided to assault the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Cespedes' barracks on the year of Jose Martí's 100th birth anniversary.