La consagración de la primavera

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Alianza Editorial, 2004 - Fiction - 667 pages
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El conocido ballet de Stravinski LA CONSAGRACIÓN DE LA PRIMAVERA, con sus motivos de muerte y renacimiento como ritos de la naturaleza, da título a una de las más ambiciosas novelas de Alejo Carpentier (1904-1980), cuya trama gira en torno a dos personajes: Vera, bailarina rusa huida de su país tras los acontecimientos de 1917, que actúa en la compañía de Diaghilev, y Enrique, miembro de una familia cubana adinerada, que, por su militancia contra la dictadura de Gerardo Machado, se ve obligado a exiliarse en el París bohemio de los años treinta. Obra en la que el autor se adentra en algunos de los más destacados acontecimientos sociales y políticos del siglo xx desde la guerra civil española hasta la revolución cubana, en ella se refleja el proceso de iniciación artística de Carpentier y se exalta el vigor colosal de las fuerzas del arte y de la revolución para renovarse y rejuvenecer los procesos históricos.

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About the author (2004)

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.