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Title
Oscar Hijuelos interview, 2000
Creator
Hijuelos, Oscar
Contributor
Martinson, Connie
Date Created and/or Issued
2000
Publication Information
The Drucker Institute
Contributing Institution
Claremont Colleges Library
Collection
Connie Martinson Talks Books
Rights Information
All rights are retained by The Drucker Institute. For permission to use this item, contact The Drucker Institute, http://www.thedruckerinstitute.com
Description
Oscar Hijuelos discusses his book, “Empress of the Splendid Season.” He says that when he writes, he starts out with an emotion. For this book, he wanted to look at the emotionality of classes. He describes the character, Lydia, a young woman from a wealthy family in Cuba who is sent away to the United States where she becomes a cleaning lady and meets her husband, Raul. Hijuelos reads a passage from the book, and describes Lydia’s son, Rico. Hijuelos explains that the book is about struggles and interprets the meaning of “splendid season.” He shares that his mother cleaned houses and that he used to tag along with her to her work sites. Hijuelos goes on to discuss his mentor, Donald Barthelme, and his work, “The Mambo Kings.”
Type
moving image
Format
video/f4v
00:29:37
Identifier
http://ccdl.libraries.claremont.edu/cdm/ref/collection/cmt/id/398
Language
English
Subject
Cuban Americans - Fiction
Cuban American women - Fiction
Women cleaning personnel - Fiction
Cuban American families - Fiction
New York (N.Y.) - Fiction
Place
New York (N.Y.)
Cuba
Source
U-matic tape: Date and times on case spine: 3/13, 4:30, 7:30, 9:30.
Relation
Connie Martinson Talks Books - http://ccdl.libraries.claremont.edu/col/cmt

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