El arpa y la sombra

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Siglo XXI, 1979 - History - 204 pages
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El novelista cubano vuelve a incursionar en la historia, ahora para recrear todo ese proceso increíble que fue el intento de canonizar al Almirante de la Mar Océana, Cristóbal Colón y, a través de un monólogo alucinante, vital, las confesiones del marino genovés en el lecho de muerte. Las elucubraciones de papas y abogados del diablo prestan el contrapunto final que habrá de marcar para siempre la vida en el más allá del descubridor de América.
 

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User Review  - Tracy - Goodreads

Carpentier is a genious writer, and so full of commenaries and self-reflection. Read full review

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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 ... Read full review

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About the author (1979)

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.