Ensayos

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Siglo XXI, 1990 - Fiction - 399 pages
A lo largo de la obra de Alejo Carpentier se formula toda una teoría de lo que ha de ser la novela latinoamericana en la actual etapa de su evolución, y al mismo tiempo se realiza una novelística que en todo responde a esa formulación teórica.
 

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Contents

Section 1
5
Section 2
9
Section 3
42
Section 4
45
Section 5
56
Section 6
63
Section 7
64
Section 8
67
Section 24
167
Section 25
175
Section 26
194
Section 27
204
Section 28
218
Section 29
221
Section 30
248
Section 31
259

Section 9
74
Section 10
80
Section 11
88
Section 12
100
Section 13
103
Section 14
105
Section 15
111
Section 16
118
Section 17
122
Section 18
123
Section 19
132
Section 20
141
Section 21
143
Section 22
144
Section 23
144
Section 32
267
Section 33
274
Section 34
314
Section 35
324
Section 36
328
Section 37
335
Section 38
336
Section 39
339
Section 40
343
Section 41
346
Section 42
352
Section 43
357
Section 44
365
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About the author (1990)

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.