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El arpa y la sombra

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Articulada en torno a la figura de Cristóbal Colón y al intento que de canonizarle llevara a cabo Pío IX, El arpa y la sombra es una obra en la que la maestría narrativa y el dominio del lenguaje de Alejo Carpentier (1904-1980) brillan con intensidad especial. En manos del gran escritor cubano, en efecto, la figura del descubridor se revela como materia insuperable para ex ...more
Paperback, Biblioteca Carpentier, 184 pages
Published June 1998 by Alianza (first published 1979)
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Mateo R.
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ge-fantasía, en-posesión, siglo-xx, rasgos-humorísticos, t-religión, 1970-1979, t-historia, sgl-novela, literatura-cubana, rasgos-biográficos-o-autobiográf, t-racismo, t-esclavitud, lugar-italia, lugar-buenos-aires-ciudad, lugar-argentina, lugar-españa, lugar-sevilla-andalucía-españa, lugar-chile, lugar-cuba, lugar-córdoba-andalucía-españa, t-abuso-de-poder, t-violación-o-intento-de-violación, lugar-barcelona-cataluña-españa, lugar-castilla-y-león-españa, lugar-andalucía-españa, lugar-canadá, lugar-portugal, lugar-lisboa-portugal, lugar-uruguay, lugar-liguria-italia, t-adulterio, lugar-río-de-la-plata-sudamérica, lugar-granada-andalucía-españa, t-relig-cristianismo, t-relig-crist-catolicismo, lugar-bahamas, lugar-cordillera-de-los-andes, cultura-argentina, mov-nueva-narrativa-histórica, cultura-italiana, lugar-isla-la-española, cultura-española, t-sexo, cultura-chilena, t-avaricia, t-viaje-o-travesía, amb-siglo-xv, amb-siglo-xvi, t-diferencias-de-clase, t-crítica-a-religión, t-fe, t-enfermedad, t-mentira, amb-siglo-xix, t-antisemitismo, lugar-montevideo-uruguay, t-chisme-habladuría-calumnia, t-orgullo, t-familia-adinerada-en-decadencia, lugar-islandia, cultura-islandesa, t-horror-vacui, t-historiografía, cultura-portuguesa, t-enamoramiento, t-descrip-belleza-mujer, t-sexo-elidido, t-arrepentimiento, gl-narrativa, t-intriga-política, t-cr-santos-y-santoral, t-urbe-vs-naturaleza, t-crítica-a-iglesia, lugar-ciudad-del-vaticano, t-gloria, leídos-a-los-28-años, leng-latinismos-abundantes, lugar-valparaíso-chile, t-oro, lugar-madeira-portugal, t-los-nombres-de-las-cosas, t-intriga-eclesiastica, t-ilustracion, t-cr-confesion, t-lujuria, t-cuestionamiento-de-la-historia, lugar-isla-de-terranova-canadá, cultura-andalusí, lugar-islas-canarias-españa, t-docta-ignorantia, t-cr-tedeum, t-red-de-mentiras, lugar-jamaica, t-delirio-de-grandeza
Crítica contundente a la idea de la verdad histórica, de que se puede alcanzar el hecho histórico objetivo. Personajes como Colón y el Papa Pío IX se muestran muy confiados en sus conocimientos eruditos, legados a ellos por los historiadores de sus tiempos y del pasado, pero el lector moderno rápidamente detecta los disparates en los que creen (errores geográficos, creencias en monstruos marinos o en especies fantásticas de humanos, fe ciega en las anécdotas históricas probablemente falsas).

A la
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Gabriel
Jul 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Whereas the other Alejo Carpentier book I've read so far (The Lost Steps or Los Pasos Perdidos) was written with gargantuan paragraphs and it fit with the journey motif there, the same paragraphs here felt forced and lost meaning until the end. However, much like Pasos, as soon as your head wraps around the story and gets into the characters, a whole new world opens before you.

This particular book deals with the possible Canonization/Sanctifying of Christopher Columbus. It is told in three parts
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Nicolás Rivas
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
A punta de humor ácido Alejo Carpentier desmitifica magistralmente la imagen de Colón. A tono con las ideas de Edward Said (Orientalismo) el libro nos invita a reflexionar que la historia a menudo se escribe con fines políticos, con intención y también a menudo con saña. Más allá de revelarnos (o ya ahora recordarnos) la estupidez de Colón y su nefasta influencia en la conquista de Sudamerica, el libro destaca por su humor, ácido y sorprendentemente moderno, insultante pero preciso, producto de ...more
Carol
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
loved Columbus and the new world
Steve Kettmann
Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my original review published in the San Francisco Chronicle in July 1990:



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
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Quiet
May 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

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
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Yolanda Chapa
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
Debo admitir que no esperaba encontrarme con lo que me encontré en ningún sentido de la palabra.

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
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Emma
Do you know about a cool way of traveling for free? I do: read books by authors from all other the world. It will open your horizon, and you will discover treasures.

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
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L.S.
Jul 08, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
nu neaparat impresionat de aceasta carte, mult sub recursul la metoda. poate ca si subiectul istoric a contribuit la aceasta senzatie.

"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".

secondwomn
Oct 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school, 2010
really striking re-imagining of the mythology of Columbus. Carpentier draws extensively on the journals of Columbus for the centerpiece of the novel: a "confession." the sailor's tale is framed by two later historical moments debating his possible beatification/canonization. written in the 1970s, Carpentier has a lot to say about Marx, socialism, and revolution. anyone interested in Latin American politics and history would find great interest in this novel.
German Patarroyo
Sep 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
My last book of Carpentier...A lot of books there are about Colon and its trip but this book creates an alucinated testimony from the same Colon and how its "glorious journey" almost is consequence of a betification process....again a historical book from Carpentier, but the man was a master in this subject. ...more
Chuck Heikkinen
Interesting book. It begins with a pope's attempt to canonize Christopher Columbus. 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. It ends with his spirit watching the conclave vote.
Ernesto
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Considerablemente, una buena novela de Carpentier, sobre todo por la constante ironía empleada en torno a la figura de Cristóbal Colón.
Todor Ivanov
Aug 08, 2013 rated it liked it
"В арфата, когато звъни, има три неща: изкуство, ръка и струна. В човека: тяло, душа и сянка."
Gandalfu
Dec 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
La mejor y más simpatica hitoria sobre los viajes de Colon que he visto.

Carpentier no para de sorprenderme.
Alberto
Jun 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Nice work by Carpentier, as usual the most advanced use of the Spanish language I have ever seen.
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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
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