Cuban writer Guillermo Cabrera Infante (1929-2005) is keeping the surprises coming, given that next week his as yet unpublished novel "Mapa dibujado por un espia" will hit bookstore shelves, a work in which he recounts his bitterest experience, saying farewell to the island of his birth and starting along the road to his definitive exile.

Published by Galaxia Gutenberg, the book is one of those most closely tied to the life of the author of "Tres tristes tigres," although it was never published while he lived.

The work tells about the last trip Cabrera Infante made to Havana in 1965 from Brussels, where he worked in the Cuban Embassy.

Already at that time, the author had expressed some differences with the Cuban Revolution, but it was this trip, which he made upon the death of his mother, when he experienced and suffered reprisals from the regime that would cement his rejection of the government and his decision never to return to Cuba.

Cabrera Infante died at age 75 in London, where he had settled after going into exile and where he lived the last 40 years of his life. The author of about 50 books, including "La Habana para un infante difunto" and "Mea culpa," received the Cervantes Prize in 1997.

The book will be publicly presented next week in Madrid by his widow Miriam Gomez. EFE