The Lost Steps
Translated into twenty languages and published in more than fourteen Spanish editions, The Lost Steps, originally published in 1953, is Alejo Carpentier's most heralded novel. A composer, fleeing an empty existence in New York City, takes a journey with his mistress to one of the few remaining areas of the world not yet touched by civilization -- the upper reaches of a great South American river. The Lost Steps describes his search, his adventures, and the remarkable decision he makes in a village that seems to be truly outside history.
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Review: The Lost StepsUser Review - Kristel - Goodreads
This novel was written in 1953 but is really timeless and not dated. It is included in the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die in 2008 edition. Alejo Carpentier was born in Switzerland but grew up ... Read full review
Review: The Lost StepsUser Review - Dan Vine - Goodreads
This is a beautifully written (and translated) book, exploring a central theme in Latin American literature, civilization and barbarism. It is a meditation on what we have gained and lost through becoming 'civilized'. Read full review