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Cuban author Leonardo Padura speaks during an interview in Coral Gables, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. Padura has carved a space that few writers in Cuba after the revolution have managed to attain: that of a public intellectual, at once accepted by — and critical of — Cuban society. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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