The Man, the Female, and the Hunger DaIna Chaviano, who was born in Havana, Cuba, is renowned in Latin America for her science fiction and fantasy literature. El hombre, la hembra y el hambre won the prestigious Azorin Award for Best Novel. In this story, set in present-day Havana, two friends meet after many years and begin to catch up. Ruben, an art professor expelled from his teaching position, sells leather goods to tourists. Gilberto is an economist who must work as a butcher under the Castro regime. They reminisce about women they loved and lost. But the men slowly begin to realize something shocking-they have loved and lost the very same woman.