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Cuban journalist, novelist, essayist, short story writer, and poet, Enrique Labrador Ruiz (1902-1991) received numerous awards for his literary works, including Cuba's prestigious Premio Nacional de Literatura in 1950 for his novel, Sangre ambrienta. Labrador Ruiz was a member of the Academia Cubana de la Lengua and of the Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española. He created a new style of writing, which he called gaseiforme.

In 1933 he published his first novel, Laberinto, which forms a trilogy with Cresival (1936) and Anteo (1940). In a collection of short stories entitled El Gallo en el espejo (1953), he established another style of Cuban storytelling, which he termed cuentería cubiche. He and his wife, María, were exiled in Spain after Castro's takeover. They then moved to Miami, where he continued writing until his death in 1991.