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Alejo Carpentier

In my defence, the first chapter actually begins with pope Pius contemplating the possibility of Christopher Columbus’ sainthood, so I took for granted it’s going to be about the beatification process. Open Preview See a Problem? This book is centered on Colombus, and, at the time it was written, was an extremely radical book. The last section alone is worth the price of time and commitment as it holds true today.

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Jun 02, Alberto rated it really liked it. Still, it is only after he threatens to take his varpentier elsewhere that ssombra fronts him the million maravedis he needs to outfit the Santa Maria, the Nina and the Pinta. Perhaps Cuba’s most important intellectual figure of the twentieth century, Alejo Carpentier was a novelist, a classically trained pianist and musicologist, a producer of avant-garde radio programming, and an influential theorist of politics and Alejo Carpentier was a Cuban novelist, essayist, and musicologist, who greatly influenced Latin American literature during its “boom” period.


II de Artemidoro de Daldis. Along the way readers gets a look into the imagined mind of Columbus as he goes through his attempts to get funding for his voyages.

El arpa y la sombra by Alejo Carpentier

Feb 12, Yolanda Chapa rated it it was ok Shelves: Although born in Switzerland, he grew up in Havana, Cuba, and strongly self-identified as Cuban throughout his life. Isabella is not at all impressed with the gold Columbus brings back — ”gold that wouldn’t fill the cavity in a molar” — or with the small, sick men he has abducted in a feeble attempt to impress her. If your inner-scholar is looking for something more exciting than the accuracy of adolescent mannerisms in Harry Potter, than Carpentier is one place you could go.

Carpentier no para de sorprenderme.

Aug 08, Todor Ivanov rated it liked it. He died in Paris in and was buried in Havana. It’s a short, very fast book, and certainly entertaining but it’s apparent that Carpentier wanted something more from his writing here, something prolific and earth-shattering. Particularly I enjoyed the last chapter when Alejo’s magical realism shows up.

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El arpa y la sombra – Alejo Carpentier

To ask other readers questions about El arpa y la sombraplease sign up. On the one side are those who condemn Columbus for failing to marry his mistress and for introducing slavery to the New World.


It ends with his spirit watching the conclave vote. Do you know about a cool way of traveling for free?

It begins with a pope’s attempt to canonize Christopher Columbus. Skmbra looks back on his life with a minimum of self-delusion and filters out most of the myth-making that followed his explorations.

El Arpa y la Sombra by Alejo Carpentier (1999, Hardcover)

But he cannot base his file on this explicitly. Martacastro rated it it was ok Feb eel, The other side sees Columbus as a symbol of our yearning to discover new worlds and of the resourcefulness necessary to follow through on that yearning. My last book of Carpentier As you can imagine, he can in no way find religious reasons for that in the life of Columbus, and has to turn implicitly to political reasons: This is my original review published in the San Francisco Chronicle in July A writer of considerable power, he shows his mastery most tellingly in this novel’s construction.

The seafaring carprntier brings carpenttier it a surprising, instinctual excitement. For those of you who disagree, see if you can’t finish this sentence: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The actual quality of the book seems somewhat less, though.