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This is an excellent masterwork from the Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier. That said, the overall book is one of relative certainty in regards colonialist-era culture, and the prevalence of the text lies within that quality.

Carpentier makes Colombus as he was, or at least mostly. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. But this is what the book covers. Liesl rated it really liked it Jun 08, Refresh and try again.

Showing of 5 reviews. Melanie rated it liked it Jul sokbra, He was jailed and exiled and he lived for many years in France and Venezuela but returned to Cuba after the revolution. Perhaps Cuba’s most important intellectual figure of the twentieth century, Alejo Carpentier was a novelist, a classically trained pianist and musicologist, a producer of avant-garde radio programming, and an influential theorist of politics and Alejo Carpentier was a Cuban novelist, essayist, and musicologist, who greatly influenced Latin American literature during its “boom” period.

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He died in Paris in and was buried in Havana. No trivia or quizzes yet. No trivia or quizzes yet. It is also the time when devil’s advocate lives up to his role. This adroit and involving novel, originally published in Cuba inprovides a look inside Christopher Columbus’ head that is sure to add considerably to our understanding of an explorer who gets so much credit for such inglorious accomplishments.


However, much like Pasosas soon as your head wraps around the story and gets into the characters, a whole new world opens before you. Humphrey Kostra rated it liked it Aug 18, If you are fascinated by Americas’ official discoverer, then this book is for you. When Columbus ventures north, he hears tales of a land across the ocean, a northerly land with bronze-skinned people paddling little boats made of animal skins. Books by Alejo Carpentier. Diana rated it really liked it Jan 25, I thought this was a very vivid and powerful character portrait.

See all 5 reviews. Although born in Switzerland, he grew up in Havana, Cuba, and strongly self-identified as Cuban throughout his life.

For those of you who disagree, see if you can’t finish this sentence: And, again, it was for the time it was published, but now the book feels a little bit flat as the truth of Colombus’ character is more widely aleio. But carpentirr cannot base his file on this explicitly. Published June by Alianza first published If your inner-scholar is looking for something more exciting than the accuracy of adolescent mannerisms in Harry Potter, than Carpentier is one place you could go.

El autor hace uso del lenguaje barroco y la novela, aunque es corta, parece cargada. Louis rated it it was ok Apr 30, He died in Paris in and was buried in Havana. To ask other readers questions about El arpa y la sombraplease sign up. What puts this in a class by itself is the same theme that made Pasos so cool, the idea that going to a purer state of being symbolized in both books as going back to nature is possible and redeems the person, but only damns them in the eyes of “civilized” culture.


El arpa y la sombra

Particularly I enjoyed the last chapter when Alejo’s magical realism shows up. En manos del gran escritor cubano, en efecto, la figura del de.

Such conjecture on Carpentier’s part is highly plausible, for soon Columbus becomes a kind of glorified Amway salesman, traveling from court to court with his gaudy presentation about how he can make a lot of money for anyone who has the vision to back him. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Whereas the other Alejo Carpentier book I’ve read so far The Lost Steps or Los Pasos Perdidos was written with gargantuan paragraphs and it fit with the journey motif there, the same paragraphs here felt forced and lost meaning until the end.

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The book was sombea excellent conditions. Pedro rated it really liked it Mar 11, The actual quality of the book seems somewhat less, though. Rather interesting book; has that Latin American quality of combining life and death as one-in-the-same, where the mortal world is, while compiling of the afterlife to come, not necessarilly more important than it.

But he does the sign the document carpetier start the process — as history says, it actually did not work out. We still argue about the validity of idolizing Christopher Columbus as the discoverer of the Americas, but teach it to our kids anyway.