Army General Raul Castro, President of the councils of State and Ministers, presented prominent Cuban intellectual Fina Garcia Marruz on Monday with the Jose Marti Order.
The main objective of her intellectual work has been the study and spreading of Marti’s work, her commitment to Marti’s legacy, which she developed along with her beloved Cintio Vitier, expressed Homero Acosta, Secretary of the Council of State, during the ceremony, held at the Revolution Palace.
After referring to the rich and prestigious career of Garcia Marruz in Cuban and Spanish American letters, Acosta defined her as a figure of universal dimension.
He also highlighted that the poet and essayist “has devoted her life, with absolute passion and faith, to three great loves: Cuba, Cintio and Jose Marti.”
Garcia Marruz, who celebrated her 90th birthday on Sunday, has received important Cuban and international acknowledgements, among which we find the National Literature Prize; the Felix Varela, Ana Betancourt and Carlos J. Finlay orders; and also the prize Queen Sofia of Iberian-American poetry, the Federico Garcia Lorca International Poetry Prize, and the Pablo Neruda Iberian-American Prize.
Also present in the ceremony were Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, Second Secretary of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party; Miguel Diaz-Canel, First Vice-president of the councils of State and Ministers; Abel Prieto, advisor to the Cuban President; Culture Minister Rafael Bernal; and Miguel Barnet, president of the National Association of Cuban Writers and Artists, among other leaders and personalities.