La consagración de la primavera

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Editorial Castalia, 1998 - Fiction - 768 pages
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Editorial Castalia presenta, a los veinte años de su aparición y a los cien de la emblemática fecha de 1898, la primera edición anotada de La consagración de la primavera, novela del escritor cubano Alejo Carpentier (1904-1980), Premio Cervantes 1977, y creador del concepto de lo “real maravilloso” americano. La consagración de la primavera es un compendio de saber, una síntesis, y al mismo tiempo una eclosión, un principio de algo nuevo, no sólo literario y estético, ni siquiera político, o político en el sentido más abarcador y humanista del término.El autor, atento a la profunda transformación que la humanidad vivió en la primera mitad del siglo XX, quiso ofrecer su correlato literario estético, que contribuyera a construir nuevos criterios artísticos y en definitiva nuevos lectores, más conscientes, más formados, pero también sensibles y apasionados, con la hermosa y dolorosa sensibilidad y pasión que sólo acompañan a la lucidez. Del carácter epifánico de tal experiencia supieron mucho los lectores de La consagración de la primavera, que podrán evocar –si por azar la hubieran olvidado- y profundizar en esta nueva edición enriquecida de introducción y notas, oportuna para los que en su momento se adentraron en la propuesta de Alejo Carpentier con el mismo entusiasmo con el que se disponían a construir una nueva sociedad.La consagración de la primavera fue publicada por primera vez en México en 1978 y su título procede de la obra del mismo nombre de Stravinsky.

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About the author (1998)

Alejo Carpentier was director of Cuba's National Press, which published many millions of volumes in an ambitious program, and for some years was Cuba's ambassador to France. A composer and musicologist, he consciously applied the principles of musical composition in much of his work. Imprisoned for political activity in 1928, he escaped with the aid of Robert Desnos, a French surrealist poet, to Paris, where he joined the literary circle of surrealists Louis Aragon, Tristan Tzara, and Paul Eluard. According to Carpentier surrealism influenced his style and helped him to see "aspects of American life he had not previously seen, in their telluric, epic, and poetic contexts." Carpentier articulated a theory of marvelous reality, "lo real maravilloso," with an almost surrealistic sense of the relationship among unrelated, or antithetical, elements, often from distinct ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The Lost Steps (1953) takes the form of a diary of a Cuban musician and intellectual who seeks escape from civilization during his trip to a remote Amazon village in search of native musical instruments. The short stories "The Road to Santiago," "Journey to the Seed," and "Similar to Night," present time as subjective rather than historical, and capable of remarkable personal variations. In his novel The Pursuit, printed in The War of Time (1958), whose title is an allusion to a line from Lope de Vega defining a man as "a soldier in the war of time, presents time similarly. "The Kingdom of This World (1949) deals with the period of Henri Christophe and the slave revolts in Haiti. Its circular structure presents the inevitable recurrence of tyranny and the need for eternal struggle against it. Reasons of State (1976), is another notable addition to the gallery of Latin American fictional portraits of dictators. It uses Carpentier's love for baroque style and parody to raise complex questions about the nature of revolution.

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