Padura Optimistic about Cuba Reforms

HAVANA TIMES, Feb. 19 – Cuban writer Leonardo Padura said he feels obliged to be optimistic about the reforms begun by the island’s government, in statements to the press in the capital. The novelist, who presented at the International Book Fair of Cuba his most recent novel “El hombre que amaba a los perros” (The Man Who Loved Dogs), said what’s needed are transformations in the mentality of the population, but also that of the bureaucrats “who still don’t understand the dimensions of the change,” reported IPS.