Wilfredo Cancio already reported on his blog (cafefuerte.com) what I knew about Ana Laura Bode, who has just died in France, barely 42.

I met her in September 1986 when she entered the University; I saw her for the last time when she visited Cuba with her newborn daughter in 2002. She was one of the most wonderful people I’ve known, far beyond her talent as a filmmaker and writer. I treasure some of her poems in manuscript and something more valuable still, the indelible memories of her presence.

We are left without Ana Laura and for this there is no cure.

Translator’s note: An article written by Ana Laura Bode when she was a journalism student at the University of Havana can be read here.

2 July 2012