Alejo Carpentier: The Pilgrim at Home (Texas Pan American Series)

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Alejo Carpentier was one of the greatest Latin American novelists of the twentieth century, as well as a musicologist, journalist, cultural promoter, and diplomat. His fictional world issues from an encyclopedic knowledge of the history, art, music, and literature of Latin America and Europe. Carpentier’s novels and stories are the enabling discourse of today’s Latin American narrative, and his interpretation of Latin American history has been among the most influential. Carpentier was the first to provide a ...

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Overview

Alejo Carpentier was one of the greatest Latin American novelists of the twentieth century, as well as a musicologist, journalist, cultural promoter, and diplomat. His fictional world issues from an encyclopedic knowledge of the history, art, music, and literature of Latin America and Europe. Carpentier’s novels and stories are the enabling discourse of today’s Latin American narrative, and his interpretation of Latin American history has been among the most influential. Carpentier was the first to provide a comprehensive view of Caribbean history that centered on the contribution of Africans, above and beyond the differences created by European cultures and languages. Alejo Carpentier: The Pilgrim at Home, first published in 1977 and updated for this edition, covers the life and works of the great Cuban novelist, offering a new perspective on the relationship between the two.

González Echevarría offers detailed readings of the works La música en Cuba, The Kingdom of This World, The Lost Steps, and Explosion in a Cathedral. In a new concluding chapter, he takes up Carpentier’s last years, his relationship with the Cuban revolutionary regime, and his last two novels, El arpa y la sombra and La consagración de la primavera, in which Carpentier reviewed his life and career.

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Editorial Reviews

Latin American Anthropology Review
One of the most insightful and complete critical treatments of the life and works of a figure who has dominated Spanish American letters in this century and who has been credited with inventing the term 'magical realism.' . . . It is a very readable text, written with clarity and grace of style. It should be high on the list of anyone interested in the personality and literary production of Alejo Carpentier, as well as in the intellectual milieu out of which he arose.
Vuelta - Emir Rodríguez Monegal
It is impossible to convey in a review the endless richness of discovery and insight on adjacent topics that constitute this book ... In [González Echevarría's] work conceptual intelligence and critical subtlety are combined . . . His work is, without a doubt, a definitive contribution to the criticism of the Cuban author.
Latin American Anthropolgy Review
One of the most insightful and complete critical treatments of the life and works of a figure who has dominated Spanish American letters in this century and who has been credited with inventing the term 'magical realism.
Booknews
First published in 1977 (Cornell U.) and newly updated, Echevarria's (Spanish and comparative literature, Yale) critical study covers the life and work (and the life as revealed in the work) of the late, great Cuban novelist Alejo Carpentier. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292704176
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1990
  • Series: Texas Pan American Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 335
  • Sales rank: 1,131,766
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 3.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Roberto González Echevarría is Sterling Professor of Hispanic and Comparative Literatures at Yale University.
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