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El reino de este mundo

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El reino de este mundo, novela pionera del realismo magico, explora los origenes de la independencia haitiana, en una America donde lo magico es cotidiano y real

Inspirado por la extraordinaria historia original y valido de su admirable poder narrativo, Alejo Carpentier es artifice de un relato alucinante e incomparable que recrea los acontecimientos que precedieron a la in
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Paperback, 169 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Rayo (first published 1949)
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Eric
My plan for the month is to read everything he's written. I bought this five hours ago and have read it twice.
Jeff Jackson
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club-2
Violent slave uprisings, the reign of the first black king of Haiti, the perverse twilight of European decadence, and the pervasive role of voodoo - all recounted in a lush and sensory prose style that was clearly the inspiration for Gabriel Garcia Marquez's own sentences. Written in 1949, "The Kingdom of this World" is also the precursor of the Latin American literary boom in general.

A book about animism, it's narrated from the inside-out, skipping between consciousnesses and spanning years wi
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brian
Oct 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a brilliant and tragic novella about the Haitian liberation from French rule and the government which follows as seen through the eyes of Ti-Noel, a slave. along with mariano azuela's the underdogs i cannot think of a book that more effectively illustrates the final words of orwell's animal farm:

"No question now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was
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Zuberino


কিছু কিছু বই আছে - পাঠকের অতীতের সমসত পড়াকে মুহূরতের জনযে হলেও মলান করে দেয়, বানের জোয়ারের মত ভাসিয়ে নিয়ে যায়, "সাহিতয" বলতে আজ পরযনত যা কিছু বুঝে এসেছি সেই সমসত ধারণা উড়িয়ে দিয়ে গুঁড়িয়ে দিয়ে সাহিতযের পরকৃত সমভাবনা সমপরকে একটি আভাস দিয়ে চলে যায়। চকিতের সেই সপরশ - কিনতু অভাগা পাঠকের সুখশানতি চিরতরে নষট করে দেবার জনযে ততটুকুই বোধহয় যথেষট। আরেকটিবার সেই ছোঁয়া পাবার জনযে হনযে হয়ে খুঁজতে পারি বাকি জীবন - কিনতু অধরা সবপনের মতোই, ঈপসিতা নারীর মতোই সেই অনুভূতি ধরাছোঁয়ার বাইরে থেকে যায়।

মহাকালের হাতছানির
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Simon
May 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting and beautiful. Not my cup of tea though.

By the way, since the distortedness of book and movie blurbs is a pet peeve of mine, let me reflect a bit on the racist boiler-plate pap that appears in the blurb above and (in a slightly different version) on the cover of my edition of the book. Here it is:

"A few years after its liberation from the brutality of French colonial rule in 1803, Haiti endured a period of even greater brutality under the reign of King Henri-Christophe, who was born
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Teresa Proença
O Reino Deste Mundo - narrado no estilo realismo mágico, característico de Alejo Carpentier - é a história da revolução Haitiana e do seu mítico líder Mackandal, morto na fogueira em 1758.

Alguns comentários sobre esta novela e o seu autor:
Mário Vargas Llosa
"uma das mais acabadas que a língua espanhola já produziu.;
Le Figaro Littéraire
"O melhor romance que apareceu na América Latina dos nossos tempos.";
O Editor
"Carpentier alcança o ser humano de forma única. A sua obra é insubstituível e incompa
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Mohamad
برای من شنیدن اسم آلخو کارپانتیه همیشه با نوعی احساس ترس هیجان انگیز همراه بوده.در قلمرو این عالم تاریخ افسانهای هائیتی با سبک رئالیسم جادویی روایت میشود.گابریل گارسیا مارکز پیشگفتار این رمان را نخستین متن نظری دربارهی رئالیسم جادویی میداند.و من هنوز نمیدانم چرا با رئالیسم جادویی ارتباط برقرار نمیکنم و یا اصلا روزی این ارتباط برقرار میشود یا نه.

با این حال از خواندن کتاب لذت بردم و امیدوارم روزي کتاب دیگر کارپانتیه یعنی "گام های گمشده"را بخوانم
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Haiti. A slave revolt. The end of the French rule. The first Negro king. His overthrow. Slaves deposing masters, becoming new masters with their own slaves, then being thrown out themselves. "This endless return of chains, this rebirth of shackles, this proliferation of suffering, (this) proof of the uselessness of all revolt."

The language is laconic, desert-like and strange. Of legends and lore, superstitions, magical powers, numbing brutality, sex, alien names and places.

And a typo, towards th
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Vit Babenco
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lewdness and avarice rule the world… And those in thrall want freedom in order to be free to rape and rob…
“After bathing their arms in the blood of the white man, the Negroes ran toward the big house, shouting death to the master, to the Governor, to God, and to all the Frenchmen in the world. But driven by a longstanding thirst, most of them rushed to the cellar looking for liquor. Pick blows demolished kegs of salt fish. Their staves sprung, casks began to gush wine, reddening the women’s skir
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Erika Schoeps
4.5 stars.

I actually finished this over a month ago, but then didn't just sit down to review this. I even began this review once or twice but was unable to finish it. Not because of any feelings I had about this book either... I'm just busy, and I'll do dumb shit like start a review repeatedly and then abandon it. I feel like I'm doing such a good book an injustice for letting my enthusiasm wane for over a month before finally getting around to this review.

I had my ups and downs with this book,
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W&L LACS 256 2015: Discussion Topic: KINGDOM OF THIS WORLD 1 11 Jan 14, 2015 09:40AM  
  • Paradiso
  • Lands of Memory
  • I, the Supreme
  • Three Trapped Tigers
  • Men of Maize
  • La guaracha del Macho Camacho
  • El astillero
  • Singing from the Well
  • Sab
  • All Souls' Rising
  • The Death of Artemio Cruz
  • Headlong Hall
  • Who Slashed Celanire's Throat?
  • An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter
  • Huasipungo
  • Personality
  • A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies
  • La verdad sospechosa
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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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“Now he understood that a man never knows for whom he suffers and hopes. He suffers and hopes and toils for people he will never know, and who, in turn, will suffer and hope and toil for others who will not be happy either, for man always seeks a happiness far beyond that which is meted out to him. But man's greatness consists in the very fact of wanting to be better than he is. In laying duties upon himself. In the Kingdom of Heaven there is no grandeur to be won, inasmuch as there all is an established hierarchy, the unknown is revealed, existence is infinite, there is no possibility of sacrifice, all is rest and joy. For this reason, bowed down by suffering and duties, beautiful in the midst of his misery, capable of loving in the face of afflictions and trials, man finds his greatness, his fullest measure, only in the Kingdom of this World.” 22 likes
“In the Kingdom of Heaven, there is no grandeur to be won, inasmuch as there all is an established hierarchy, the unknown is revealed, existence is infinite, there is no possibility of sacrifice, all is rest and joy. For this reason, bowed down by suffering and duties, beautiful in the midst of his misery, capable of loving in the face of afflictions and trials, man finds his greatness, his fullest measure, only in The Kingdom of This World.” 9 likes
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