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"Those who have always had faith in its final success can do no less than rejoice as if it was our own triumph after five years of daily struggle to impose Cuban music on the European continent." -- Alejo Carpentier
Alejo Carpentier y Valmont (December 26, 1904 — April 24, 1980) was a Cuban novelist, essay writer, and musicologist who greatly influenced Latin American literature during its famous "boom" period. Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, Carpentier grew up in Havana, Cuba; and despite his European birthplace, Carpentier strongly self-identified as Cuban throughout his life. He traveled extensively, particularly in France, and to South America and Mexico, where he met prominent members of the Latin American cultural and artistic community. Carpentier took a keen interest in Latin American politics and often aligned himself with revolutionary movements, such as Fidel Castro's Communist Revolution in Cuba in the mid-century. Carpentier was jailed and exiled for his leftist political philosophies.

With a developed knowledge of music, Carpentier explored musicology, publishing an in-depth study of the music of Cuba, La música en Cuba and integrated musical themes and literary techniques throughout his works. He explored elements of Afro-Cubanism and incorporated the cultural aspects into the majority of his writings. Although Carpentier wrote in a myriad of genres, such as journalism, radio drama, playwrighting, academic essays, opera and libretto, he is best known for his novels. He was among the first practitioners of magical realism using the technique, lo real maravilloso to explore the fantastic quality of Latin American history and culture. The most famous example of Afro-Cuban influence and use of lo real maravilloso is Carpentier's 1949 novel El reino de este mundo (The Kingdom of this World) about the Haitian revolution of the late 18th century.

Carpentier's writing style integrated the resurgent Baroque style, or New World Baroque style that Latin American artists adopted from the European model and assimilated to the Latin American artistic vision. With a first-hand experience of the French Surrealist movement, Carpentier also adapted the Surrealist theory to Latin American literature. Always eager to explore more than Cuban identity, Carpentier used his traveling experiences throughout Europe and Latin American to expand his understanding of Latin American identity. Carpentier wove elements of Latin American political history, music, social injustice and art into the tapestries of his writings, all of which exerted a decisive influence on the works of younger Latin American writers. Carpentier died in Paris in 1980 and was buried in Havana's Colon Cemetery with other Cuban political and artistic luminaries.

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Total Books: 185
Explosion in a Cathedral
2023 - Explosion in a Cathedral [Penguin Classics] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780143133889
ISBN-10: 0143133888
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy

The Lost Steps
2023 - The Lost Steps (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780143133896
ISBN-10: 0143133896
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy

The Kingdom of This World A Novel
2017 - The Kingdom of This World a Novel [FSG Classics] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780374537388
ISBN-10: 0374537380
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Los pasos perdidos / The Lost Steps
2014 - Los Pasos Perdidos / the Lost Steps [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788420684871
ISBN-10: 8420684872
Genre: Literature & Fiction

El siglo de las luces
2014 - El Siglo De Las Luces (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9788420684741
ISBN-10: 8420684740
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Concierto barroco
2014 - Concierto Barroco [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781496038814
ISBN-10: 1496038819
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Reasons of State
2013 - Reasons of State [Neversink] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781612192796
ISBN-10: 1612192793
Genre: Literature & Fiction

El reino de este mundo
2010 - El Reino De Este Mundo [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781490981574
ISBN-10: 1490981578
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Pasos perdidos/ Lost Steps
2009 - Pasos Perdidos/ Lost Steps [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788446024477
ISBN-10: 8446024470
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Recurso Del Metodo
2009 - Recurso Del Metodo [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788446024507
ISBN-10: 8446024500
Genre: Nonfiction

El reino de este mundo Novela
2009 - El Reino De Este Mundo Novela [Esenciales - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780061711893
ISBN-10: 0061711896
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Viaje a la semilla Concierto barroco
2008 - Viaje a La Semilla Concierto Barroco [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788493651039
ISBN-10: 8493651036
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Obras completas Vol 4 La aprendiz de bruja Concierto barroco El arpa y la sombra
2008 - Obras Completas Vol 4 La Aprendiz De Bruja Concierto Barroco El Arpa Y La Sombra [Obras Completas / Complete Works - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789682316708
ISBN-10: 9682316707
Genre: Literature & Fiction

El siglo de las luces/ The Century of Lights
2008 - El Siglo De Las Luces/ the Century of Lights [Basica De Bolsillo/ Basic Pocket - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788446024491
ISBN-10: 8446024497
Genre: Literature & Fiction

El arpa y la sombra/ The Harp and the Shadow
2008 - El Arpa Y La Sombra/ the Harp and the Shadow [Basica De Bolsillo/ Basic Pocket - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788446024538
ISBN-10: 8446024535
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Harp and the Shadow
2007 - The Harp and the Shadow (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781562791339
ISBN-10: 1562791338

Ese musico que llevo dentro / This Musician that I have Inside
2007 - Ese Musico Que Llevo Dentro / This Musician That I Have Inside [El Libro De Bolsillo: Biblioteca Carpentier/ the Pocket Books: Carpentier Library - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788420661308
ISBN-10: 8420661309
Genres: Nonfiction, Humor & Entertainment

El Recurso Del Metodo / the Resource of the Method
2006 - El Recurso Del Metodo / the Resource of the Method [Letras Hispanicas / Hispanic Writings] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788437623221
ISBN-10: 8437623227
Genre: Literature & Fiction

2006 - Ecueyambao [BIBLIOTECA CARPENTIER - Biblioteca De Autor / Author Library] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788420673301
ISBN-10: 8420673307
Genre: Literature & Fiction

El acoso
2005 - El Acoso [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789707320956
ISBN-10: 9707320958
Genre: Literature & Fiction

El Recurso Del Metodo
2005 - El Recurso Del Metodo [El Libro De Bolsillo] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788420633602
ISBN-10: 8420633607
Genre: Literature & Fiction

2004 - De Lo Real Maravilloso Americano [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2004 - El Acoso Los Pasos Perdidos El Siglo De Las Luces / Manhunt Lost Steps the Century of Lights [Biblioteca Carpentier / Carpentier's Library - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2004 - Los Pasos Perdidos/the Lost Steps [Narrativa Losada] (Paperback)
2003 - El Siglo De Las Luces / the Century of Lights [El Libro De Bolsillo / the Pocket Book] (Paperback)
1998 - La Consagracion De La Primavera [Clasicos Castalia - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
1989 - Guerre Du Temps / Guerra Del Tiempo [Bilingual French and Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
1983 - La Aprendiz De Bruja Concierto Barroco El Arpa Y La Sombra [Obras completas de Alejo Carpentier] (Other)
1982 - Cuentos Completos [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
1978 - Concert Baroque / Concierto Barroco [Bilingual French and Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
1976 - El Cuento Hispanoamericano Contemporneo Antologa [Colección Arbolí, 1 - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
1969 - Lost Steps [Modern Classics] (Paperback)
La Harpe Et L'ombre [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
El Reino De Este Mundo the Kingdom of This World [Coleccion Biblioteca Juvenil - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Tientos Diferencias Y Otros Ensayos [Plaza & Janes/literaria - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Guerra Del Tiempo Y Otros Cuentos [" Biblioteca de Alejo Carpentier] (Paperback)
El Amor a La Ciudad [Textos de Escritor - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
La Consagracion De La Primavera Novela [La Creacion literaria - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Letra Y Solfa Cine [Narrativa Mondadori - Spanish Edition] (Other)
Palabras En El Tiempo De Alejo Carpentier [Coleccion en linea - Spanish Edition] (Other)
Bajo El Signo De La Cibeles Cronicas Sobre Espana Y Los Espanoles 19251937 [Coleccion Pueblos ibericos ; 1 : Serie Textos Recuperados - Spanish Edition] (Other)
Relatos [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
El Camino De Santiago [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Sinfonola De Cantares [Colección Itacate] (Paperback)