The Harp and the Shadow by Alejo Carpentier

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"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 and abandoned idealism.

Alejo Carpentier (1904–1980) is considered one of the fathers of modern Latin American literature. He lived in Cuba, France, and Venezuela.

Thomas Christensen and Carol Christensen have translated the works of Julio Cortázar, Laura Esquivel, and Carlos Fuentes.


About Alejo Carpentier

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Carpentier was a novelist, classically trained pianist and musicologist, aproducer of avant-garde radio programming, and an influential theorist of politics and literature.
Published May 1, 1990 by Mercury House, Inc.. 159 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Although this book about Christopher Columbus lacks the scale of The Lost Steps , its introspective prose and pointed irony show why Cuban writer Carpentier is often considered the father of magical realism.

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