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Cuban Writer Dies

October 21, 1990

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ The Cuban poet and writer Felix Pita Rodriguez, a onetime political exile who returned home after the Cuban revolution, has died in Havana, the Notimex news agency reported Saturday. He was 81.

The Mexican agency reported that Pita died Friday night. It gave no cause of death.

He was long active in the Communist Party and, along with Pablo Neruda, was one of the founders of the Ibero-American Anti-Fascist Committee in Madrid and Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War.

He lived abroad as a student, writer and exile for many years in Venezuela, Mexico, France, Belgium, Italy, Spain and Morocco, Notimex said.

Pita returned home to Cuba in 1960, a year after the Cuban revolution.

He admired the Surrealist writers of the early part of the 20th century, as well as the mystical British writer William Blake, and tried to reconcile their influence with Socialist Realism, a now largely discredited artistic movement.

Among his works were ″San Abul de Montecallado″ in 1945, ″Tobais″ in 1955, ″Cronicas (Poesia Bajo Consigna)″ in 1961 and ″Elogio de Marco Polo″ in 1974.

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