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The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

by Oscar Hijuelos

Here is the story of the memorable Castillo brothers, émigrés from Havana to New York’s Upper West Side. The lovelorn songwriter Nestor and his macho brother Cesar find success in the city’s dance halls and beyond playing the rhythms that earn them their band’s name, as they struggle with elusive fame and lost love in a richly sensual tale that has become a cultural touchstone and an enduring favourite.

Winner of the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.



21 August, 1989

About Oscar Hijuelos

Oscar Hijuelos was born of Cuban parentage in New York City in 1951. He is a recipient of the Rome Prize, the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, among others. His five previous novels have been translated into twenty-five languages.


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