Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo 

Brown University

Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo is a Cuban fiction writer, blogger and photojournalist. Born in Havana in 1971, he graduated as a molecular biologist from Havana University and the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in 1994.

Pardo Lazo came into conflict with the Cuban government in 2009 when he attempted to publish his short story collection, Boring Home, which was censored by the Letras Cubanas publishing house. Since the book’s publication by Garamond (Prague) and El Nacional (Caracas), he has not been permitted to publish, study, or work in Cuba. He was arrested on three occasions, harassed, and prevented from leaving the island by Castro’s secret police. Finally allowed to leave Cuba, he entered the United States, where he was a guest writer of the City of Asylum Project site in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pardo Lazo has continued his literary and political activities since his arrival in the United States.

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What are major human rights issues in Cuba today?
How have Cubans’ attitudes about the Revolution changed over time?
What role does Fidel Castro play in Cuban society today?
What domestic changes has the Cuban government made since Raúl Castro became president?
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