Senel Paz, born in Cuba in 1952 into a farming family, graduated in journalism from the University of Havana. He worked for the newspaper "Adelante", The Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC) and the Cuban Writers and Artists Union (UNEAC). Between 1998 and 2001, he taught at the Escuela Internacional de Cine de San Antonio de los Baños. His debut as a writer came in 1980 with the collection of short stories "El niño aquel", followed by the novel "Un rey en el jardín" and the anthology of short stories "El lobo, el bosque y el hombre nuevo", which inspired the film "Strawberry and Chocolate" (1993), having also written the screenplay. His stage works include "Una novia para David" (1985), "Mentiras adorables" (1992) and "Malena es un nombre para tango" (1996). The story "Strawberry and Chocolate", translated in twenty countries, garnered huge success with audiences and critics, as did the film adaptation of the same name. He has recently been working on film writing, not without forays into fiction with his novel "Nel cielo con i diamanti", featuring the same characters as "Strawberry and Chocolate".
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