Contents and Arrangement

Tres tristes tigres (Barcelona: Seix Barral, 1967.), 1961-1966

1 box
Restrictions may apply. See Access Note.

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

As stated by the author in several interviews, Tres tristes tigres (TTT) was originally titled Vista del amanecer en el trópico (VAT). Cabrera Infante considers the first version of VAT to be the initial steps in the creation of TTT. Thus he kept the papers, dated 1962-1964, together. However, formally and thematically, early in the process of production of VAT, TTT came to form an independent literary project. Given this evident differentiation, the drafts of both works were organized independently, using the published versions as models.

TTT is not predominantly a novel organized as a continuous, linear narrative; it is structured as a complex texture of several fragmentary narratives, each with a distinct thematic unity. Given that the early version of TTT held by Princeton is incomplete, the papers order is not according to the pagination of the published version. Instead, we chose to organize the materials according to the thematic zones which form the novel and which were often titled by the author (i.e., "Ella cantaba boleros"). We indicate the corresponding pages in the 1967 edition.


Arranged chronologically.

Collection History


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Claire A. Johnston and Karla J. Vecchia in 2002. Finding aid written by Claire A. Johnston and Karla J. Vecchia in 2002. Finding aid updated by Jill Baron in 2012.

Restrictions of correspondence placed until December 2020 were removed by Armando Suárez.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

While most of the collection is open for research, some correspondence in Subseries 2B: Letters, 1965-1982, is closed until the correspondent's death.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Tres tristes tigres (Barcelona: Seix Barral, 1967.); Guillermo Cabrera Infante Papers, C0272, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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