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He won the Pulitzer Prize for The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love.
The Cuban American novelist Oscar Hijuelos (1951-2013) became the first Hispanic to win the Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Mambo King Plays Songs of Love. An instant bestseller at the time, which perfectly captured a moment in the musical history of New York, the book is considered a classic today. Other books for which he is well-known are A Simple Habana Melody and Empress of the Splendid Season.