Harp and the Shadow
"An extraordinary display of historical inquisitiveness and stylistic maturity."-The New York Times Book Review
Exploring the consequences of the European discovery of the Americas and challenging the myth of Columbus, Alejo Carpentier-"the father of magical realism"-studies the first meetings of the Western and American cultures and the tragic consequences of tarnished an...more
This particular book deals with the possible Canonization/Sanctifying of Christopher Columbus. It is told in three parts ...more
Este libro trata sobre la posible beatificación de Cristóbal Colón y un recuento de su vida desde su punto de vista estando en su lecho de muerte. Es hasta cierto punto divertido ver cómo el gran mito, la gran figura del Descubridor que podría unir más al mundo católico es, al menos en esta lectura, alguien que sólo quería un buen renombre, no era religioso y mucho menos comprensivo con causas ajenas ...more
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 ...more
This adroit and involving novel, originally published in Cuba in 1979, provides a look inside Christopher Columbus' head that is sure to add considerably to our understanding of an explorer who gets so much credit for such inglorious accomplishments.
Alejo Carpentier, a Cuban who died in 1980, ''invented magical realism,'' according to Carlos Fuentes. A writer of considerable power, he shows his mastery most tellingl ...more
Alejo Carpentier is another great author I’m just discovering. The Harp And The Shadow is a fascinating historical novel focused on Christopher Columbus’s travels to the New World. The book opens in the 1864 with Pope Pie IX, as he tries desperately to find reasons to beatify Columbus. As you can imagine, he can in no way find religi ...more
"ajuns in ceasul inevitabil cand trebuie sa vorbesc, in clipa adevarului, imi pun masca celui care am vrut sa fiu si n-am fost: masca ce se va contopi cu aceea pe care mi-o va pune moartea - ultima din nenumaratele pe care le-am purtat de-a lungul unei existente fara vreo data de inceput".
Perhaps Cuba's most important intellectual figure of the twentieth century, Alejo Carpentier (1904-1980) was a novelist, a classically trained pianist and musicologist, a producer of avant-garde radio programming, and an influential theorist of politics and literature. Best known f ...more