The biography titled, "Raul Castro, a Man in Revolution" by the Russian writer Nikolai Leonov was the best-selling book in Cuba in 2016, earning the author the 2016 Reader's Grand Prize awarded during the Havana International Book Fair.
Leonov has been a friend of the Cuban president for decades and first presented the book in July 2015 during a special session of the socialist country's parliament, although its editorial launch took place during the 2016 International Book Fair.
The award was presented following a study carried out of the bookstores on the island by the Cuban Book Institute in which it was determined that the biography was "the most acclaimed work," Cuban state television said Saturday in a report in which the number of copies sold was not specified.
The book was originally published in Russian before its subsequent publication in Spanish by the publishing house Captain San Luis, and includes a chronology of the most important dates in the life of the president, as well as more than 80 photographs, some never before published.
The biography recounts the life of the Cuban revolutionary leader since his birth on June 3, 1931, in the town of Biran, in the eastern province of Holguin, until the present. The author, a retired lieutenant general of the former USSR, has a Ph.D. in historical sciences and is a professor at the State Institute of International Relations in Moscow.
He first met Raul in Mexico in the 1950s, before the triumph of the Cuban Revolution. Fidel and Leonov began a friendship then that continues today. Other works sold in Cuba last year were "What Lies Across the Sea," "La Piedra De Snuff," and "The Bells of Juana La Loca," according to Enrique Perez, writer and president of the competition's jury.