Book: Generation Zero

An Anthology of New Cuban Fiction


Book: Generation Zero


A SampsoniaWay.org original.

This collection of 16 short stories, selected by Havana-based Cuban writer and Sampsonia Way columnist Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, includes works by “post-Fidel” writers in English translation, never before published outside of Cuba.

For this new anthology, Pardo Lazo focused on writers of Generación Año Cero (Generation Year Zero), a movement of writers who began publishing in 2000. The collection includes short stories from: Jorge Alberto Aguiar Díaz, Lien Carrazana Lau, Gleyvis Coro Montanet, Ahmel Echevarría Peré, Michel Encinosa Fú, Jhortensia Espineta Osuna, Carlos Esquivel, Abel Fernández-Larrea, Raúl Flores, Jorge Enrique Lage, Polina Martínez Shviétsova, Lizabel Mónica, Osdany Morales, Erick Mota, Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, and Lia Villares.

Paperback | $11.95

NOTE: Due to limited supply, we are limiting purchases to no more than 5 books per order. Books ship via USPS Ground with a 2-7 day delivery time. Contact us at orders [at] sampsoniaway.org with questions.

INTERNATIONAL ORDERS: The book is available via Amazon in the following countries: United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain.

Video: Writers from Generation Zero speak from Cuba

Writers Erick Mota, Lia Villares, Michel Encinosa Fú, Jorge Enrique Lage, and Ahmel Echevarría Peré discuss the stylistic characteristics and mission of Generation Zero. Filmed in Cuba by Silvia Corbelle Batista and edited in Pittsburgh by Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo.

Reviews of Generation Zero

“Cubans no longer speak the same language. The rhetoric of monolithic thought has contaminated words, which do not have the same meaning for the elite as they do on the streets. Today, the alternative cultural scene stands against such manipulation and against all nationalistic fictions on the island. In Generation Zero, sarcasm, deterritorialization, transvestism, fragmentation, colloquialism, hybridization, adventure and imagination are redesigning Cuban identity, recovering their power of subversion and resignifying Utopia.”

—Paulo Antonio Paranaguá, Le Monde. (France)

“This compilation of short stories might well say more about Cuba’s reality than most news reports. Some of the island’s best emerging writers reach outside Cuba through their work —even as we look in— sometimes with depth, sometimes with irreverence, but always with great punch.”

—Juan O. Tamayo, El Nuevo Herald (USA)

“Although some may believe it’s not true, freedom of expression is never completely undermined. This has been demonstrated by this brilliant group of Cuban authors: with their stories they prove that the days of the Communist Inquisition on the island are about to end.”

—José María Ballester Esquivias, La Gaceta Intereconomía (Spain)