Born in Santiago de Cuba, Manet lived in Paris and Italy in the 1950s. In 1960 he returned to Cuba, becoming director of the National Dramatic Ensemble at the National Theater of Cuba. After Fidel Castro supported the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, Manet returned to Paris, where he has lived subsequently.
- Les Nonnes, 1969. by Robert Baldick as The nuns, 1970
- Eux; ou, La prise du pouvoir, 1971.
- L'île du lézard vert: roman, 1992.
- Rhapsodie cubaine: roman, 1996.
- D'amour et d'exil: roman, 1999.
- La sagesse du singe: roman, 2001.
- Maestro!: roman, 2002.
- Mes années Cuba, 2004.
- Ma vie de Jésus: roman, 2005.