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Oscar Hijuelos Dies: First Hispanic to Win Pulitzer for Fiction Was 62

By    |   Monday, 14 Oct 2013 06:12 PM

The first Hispanic author to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction, Oscar Hijuelos died of a heart attack while playing tennis Saturday, his agent announced. He was 62.

Hijuelos’s “The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love” was a best-seller in 1989 and he won the Pulitzer in 1990 for the story of two Cuban brothers starting an orchestra in New York.

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In “Thoughts Without Cigarettes,” a memoir of his life, Hijuelos talked about how he fought being labeled an ethnic writer. Although born and raised in the United States, Hijuelos detailed the struggles of Cuban-Americans. His family spoke Spanish and it was only after he became ill and spent a year away from his family in the hospital that Hijuelos learned English, the New York Times said.

“It was during that long separation from my family that I became estranged from the Spanish language and, therefore, my roots,” he wrote for a Times essay.

Hijuelos struggled to find his identity between the two worlds, according to The Associated Press, and much of that struggle was expressed in his writing career.

Hijuelos said in 2009 that he never expected “The Mambo” would get published.

“And because of that — having been poor in the first place — I had nothing to lose. And not having expected it to be published, I had felt enormous amounts of freedom,” he told CNN at the time.

Hijuelos believed the book helped to open the larger publishing market for other Latino writers.

“Most Latino authors were being published out of university presses or small presses," he told CNN.

Hijuelos wrote numerous books, including “Mr. Ives’ Christmas” and “The Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O’Brien.”

His death brought many to share their thoughts on social media.



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