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Manet, Eduardo 1930-

Manet, Eduardo 1930-


Born 1930, in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba; father a newspaper journalist; moved to France, 1968. Education: Attended University of Havana, 1946-52; trained for the stage in Paris, France, with Tania Balachova and Pierre Berlin.




Playwright, novelist, theatrical director, and film director. Began career as theater critic and interviewer in Cuba; member of the theatrical company of Jacques Lacoq, Paris; magazine writer in Cuba, beginning 1960; general director of Cuban Drama Center; director, scriptwriter, and film producer with Cuban Film Institute and Cine Cubano.


Prometeo Prize, 1948, for Scherzo; Prix Lugni-Poe, for Les nonnes; Prix Bertrand de Jouvenel, l'Académie Française, 1982, for La mauresque; Prix René-Praile, Festival d'Avignon, 1986, for Un balcon sur les Andes; Ma'Déa; Prix Goncourt des Lycéens, 1992, for L'île du lézard vert; Prix Interallié and nomination for Prix Goncourt, both 1996, for Rhapsodie cubaine; decorated Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, 1997; Prix Relais H., 1998, for D'amour et d'exil; Gran Prix, Telegramme de Brest, 2000, for Maestro!; decorated Chevalier de l'Ordre National de Mérite, 2000.



Scherzo, produced in Havana, Cuba, 1948, later broadcast on Cuban television.

La infanta que no quiso tener ojos verdes, produced in Havana, Cuba, 1950.

Presagio, produced in Havana, Cuba, 1950.

La santa, produced in Paris, France, 1951.

Helen viendra nous voir de Hollywood, produced in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 1968.

Les nonnes (two-act; produced in Paris, France, at Theatre Poche-Montparnasse, 1969), Gallimard (Paris, France), 1969, reprinted, 2005, translation by Robert Baldick published as The Nuns (produced in London, England, at Unity Theatre, 1975), Calder & Boyars (London, England), 1970.

Eux; ou, La prise du pouvoir, Gallimard (Paris, France), 1971.

Sur la piste, produced in Paris, France, 1972.

Holocaustum; or, Le borgne, Gallimard (Paris, France), 1972.

L'autre Don Juan, Gallimard (Paris, France), 1973.

Madras, la nuit où …, Gallimard (Paris, France), 1975.

Las meńines de la mer morte, produced in Geneva, Switzerland, 1977.

Lady Strass, produced in Paris, France, at L'Avant Scène Theatre, 1977.

Le jour où Mary Shelley rencontra Charlotte Brontë, produced in Paris, France, by Petit Odéon and Comédie-Française, 1979.

Un balcon sur les Andes (also see below), Stock (Paris, France), 1979.

Les gonzi, produced in Nice, France, 1981.

Sacrilèges, produced in Paris, France, 1981.

Un balcon sur les Andes; Mendoza, en Argentine—; Ma'Déa; Théâtre, Gallimard (Paris, France), 1985.

Histoire de Maheu, le boucher, Actes Sud (Paris, France), 1986.

Les chiennes, produced in Paris, France, at Théâtre Ouvert, 1987.

La primerissimo, produced in Malaucène, France, at Festival de Malaucène, 1988.

Les couples et les paravents, produced in Melún-Sénart, France, 1992.

Poupée Fidel, Papa Marx, Buffalo Bill et la femme à Barbe, produced in Madrid, Spain, 1992.

Monsieur Lovestar et son voisin de palier, Actes Sud (Paris, France), 1995.

L'ame artiste, Actes Sud (Paris, France), 1997.

Viva Verdi [and] Mare nostrum, Actes Sud (Paris, France), 1998.

Manet's plays have been published in more than twenty languages.


Spirale, Éditions René Julliard (Paris, France), 1956.

Les étrangers dans la ville, Éditions René Julliard (Paris, France), 1960.

Un cri sur le rivage, Éditions René Julliard (Paris, France), 1963.

La mauresque, Gallimard (Paris, France), 1982.

Zone interdite, Gallimard (Paris, France), 1984.

L'île du lézard vert, Flammarion (Paris, France), 1992.

Habanera, Flammarion (Paris, France), 1994.

Rhapsodie cubaine, B. Grasset (Paris, France), 1996.

D'amour et d'exil, B. Grasset (Paris, France), 1999, translation by Robert Davies published as Song of the Errant Heart, French Millennium Library (New York, NY), 2001.

La sagesse du singe, B. Grasset (Paris, France), 2001.

Maestro!, Robert Laffont (Paris, France), 2002.

Mes années Cuba, B. Grasset (Paris, France), 2004.

Ma vie de Jésus, B. Grasset (Paris, France), 2005.

Un français au cœur de l'ouragan cubain, Fayard (Paris, France), 2006.

La conquistadora, Robert Laffont (Paris, France), 2006.

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