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Initially, I was reading with wrong expectations. 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. If you are fascinated by Americas’ official discoverer, then this book is for you. The plot follows Columbus’ struggle to launch the expedition and his later decisions on Cuba.
Well written, at least Polish translation is, no complaints on this from Initially, I was reading with wrong expectations.
Well written, at least Polish translation is, no complaints on this from me. Particularly I enjoyed the last chapter when Alejo’s magical realism shows up. It is also the time when devil’s advocate lives up to his role. The scene with witnesses is that great.
Rather interesting book; has that Latin American quality of combining life carpentifr death as one-in-the-same, where the mortal world is, while compiling of the afterlife to come, not necessarilly more important than it. This book is centered on Colombus, and, at the time it was written, was an extremely radical book. Prior, Colombus had been maintained with that Western propaganda with hardly any blemish allowed, and therefore Carpentier’s book really set the story straight.
Colombus was a selfish, br Rather interesting book; has that Latin American quality of combining life and death as one-in-the-same, where the mortal world is, while compiling of the afterlife to come, not necessarilly more important than it.
Colombus was a selfish, brutal man who took South American’s as slaves and lied and cheated his way to his own notoriety. He is an explorer, and he genuinely is an important personage in history, but to make him out as a hero is where things have gone askew. But this is what the book covers. Carpentier makes Colombus as he was, or at least mostly. It’s fiction, and there’s some nationalistic politic within the text as well.
That said, the overall book is one of relative certainty in regards colonialist-era culture, and the prevalence of the text lies within that quality. The actual quality of the book seems somewhat less, though. There’s a lot that’s happening, but at the same time there’s an apparent linearity to all of the events, a rapidity that seems to lose the impact possible in certain locations as it speeds from one encounter to the next. 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.
And, again, it was for the time it was published, but now the book feels a little bit flat as the truth of Colombus’ character is more widely known. I’d recommend the book; it is certainly important, and definitely fun. But the anachronistic quality should be remembered when reading. It begins with a pope’s attempt to canonize Christopher Columbus.
El arpa y la sombra by Alejo Carpentier
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Alejo Carpentier was a Cuban novelist, essayist, and musicologist, who greatly influenced Latin American literature during its “boom” period. 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 cwrpentier of politics and Alejo Carpentier was farpentier Cuban novelist, essayist, and musicologist, who greatly influenced Latin American literature during its “boom” period.
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 literature. Although born in Switzerland, he grew up in Adpa, Cuba, and strongly self-identified as Cuban throughout his life.
He was jailed and exiled and he lived for many years in France and Venezuela but returned to Cuba after the revolution. He died in Paris in and was buried in Havana.
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