Oscar Hijuelos on Losing and Finding Language

July 3, 2011

Oscar Hijuelos is the first Latino to win the Pulitzer Prize for literature for his book "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love."  His memoir is called "Thoughts Without Cigarettes" and tells the story of how a childhood illness robbed him of his first language - Spanish.  He begins by reading Steve Paulson a passage from his memoir



It sounds that the writer did not want to be hispanic. He claims that that he has an american (white) accent. He is lying because having lived in Cuba he has a cuban accent. He is an uncle tom of cubans