Concierto barroco (Biblioteca Juvenil)
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Concierto barroco (Biblioteca Juvenil)

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Esta es una novela deliciosa, propositiva, liberadora. En ella, el escritor utiliza los recursos propios del barroco: la parodia, el artificio, la hiperbole, le enumeracion proliferante, con mayor liberalidad. Rompe con las ataduras de la cronologia historica y adquiere un extraordinario sentido del humor. Cuenta la historia de la puesta en escena de una opera de Vivaldi,...more
Paperback, 130 pages
Published August 15th 2003 by Editorial Lectorum (first published 1974)
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5 years later I find this short novel still amazing. Mind twisting, I tell you! (2014)


This is not a novel. This is a little piece of jewelery. I must thank Ruxandra Cesereanu for this recommendation; she's madly in love with the book and she's mentioned it several times on her blog. It was a delicious reading, especially since it took me two years to find the book. If you're into travels, music and magical realism (how does a jam session with Vivaldi, Handel, Scarlatti and a bunch of orphan y...more
It's hard to find this book in English translation, but if you do, read it (you may find it translated but nevertheless under its Spanish title "Concierto Barroco," as I did). It's a baroque concerto in the form of a novel. I know that makes no sense. Just trust me on this one. It's a good thing.
German Patarroyo
The writing of Carpentier sometimes (to somebody that do not read hardly) is heavy...many strange vocabulary and many historical characters....this book is a good example...but do not be afraid, is a vey light piece of history and again is a particular point of view of our american folclore and its impact over Europe
Este libro es literatura de hace muchos años, pero tiene una forma tan particular de rimar las palabras al inicio del libro con la combinación de la palabra plata y otras más de forma perfecta; este juego de rima al inicio de la narración hace que sea más interesante continuar el libro.

En Concierto Barroco encontramos diversos temas, música clásica, fiesta de carnaval en su forma original, colores, mascaras, música, y teatro.

"De plata los delgados cuchillos, los finos tenedores; de plata los pla...more
Dec 18, 2012 Jason marked it as to-read
Shelves: read-2011
Not really a novel, instead it is a musicologist's fan fiction of a Mexican criollo attending a jam session between Vivldi, Handel and Scarlatti. There is no conflict, characters are flat and the conversations are pedantary for the music snob, but without the wit (it takes no great intellect or real knowledge to declare Vivaldi one of the greats).

This isn't to say that the vivid descriptions aren't beautifully rendered--they are--but rather one would expect much more from a writer of Carpentier'...more
Un fel de Midnight in Paris, in sensul de amalgam hipsteresc de personaje, opere si momente din trecut, adunate doar de dragul de a bifa cunostinte culturale. Saritul prin epoci istorice diferite, desi interesant initial, devine mult prea lipsit de subtilitate spre final. M-a cam enervat nuvela asta. Mai lipsea ca autorul sa poarte un tricou ironic si ochelari fara lentila. Am apreciat totusi descrierile foarte vii - ma rog, unele din ele.
An intriguing story. The real wonder transported to another dimension where the bizarre is the main feature. I liked it, though don't think is recommended for very young people and it was assigned to my high school son so. Guess it's one of the things that makes kids load reading or school, maybe.
Re: Concert Baroque.
This is not a review just yet. There is no comment space so I'm using this area to note I'm reading the dual language version (French/English) and enjoying it so far.
Irais Elvira
a pesar de ser un libro corto lo poético de su escritura me dificultó la fluidez de lectura aun así me dejo un buen sabor de boca y frases en que pensar.
Gonzalo Hernández
La existencia de una opera de Antonio Vivaldi, llamada Montezuma compuesta en 1733.
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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 (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
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