Pasos Perdidos, Los: The Lost Steps

Pasos Perdidos, Los: The Lost Steps

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by Alejo Carpentier
     
 

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A composer, fleeing an empty existence in New York City, takes a journey with his mistress to one of the few remaining areas of the world not yet touched by civilization--the upper reaches of a great South American river--in this "novel of remarkable beauty, intellectual worth, absorbing interest, and genuine originality" ("The Saturday Review", London). 256 pp. 6,000…  See more details below

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A composer, fleeing an empty existence in New York City, takes a journey with his mistress to one of the few remaining areas of the world not yet touched by civilization--the upper reaches of a great South American river--in this "novel of remarkable beauty, intellectual worth, absorbing interest, and genuine originality" ("The Saturday Review", London). 256 pp. 6,000 print.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140261936
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/1998
Edition description:
Spanish-language Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,112,200
Product dimensions:
5.08(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.83(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Alejo Carpentier was a Cuban novelist and musicologist. As a political exile in Paris between 1928 and 1939, Carpentier was strongly influenced by Antonin Artaud, Jacques Prévert, and the surrealists. Reflecting his deep commitment to revolutionary politics, his novels explore the irrational elements of the Latin American world, its rich variety of cultures, and the possibility of its magical transformation. Widely regarded as one of the greatest modern Latin American writers, Carpentier was also important as a theorist of the region's literature and historian of its music. Among his works are Ecue-Yamba-O, The Lost Steps, The Chase, The Kingdom of This World, The War of Time, Reasons of State, and The Harp and the Shadow .

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Pasos Perdidos, Los: The Lost Steps 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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I recently read this book, after reading Carpentier's 'El reino de este mundo', which I also loved. In The Lost Steps I questioned the same matters questioned here by the protagonist. Does a city really possess the attributes to make it a valuable civilization? Are our professions really invaluable in this world? The narrator takes you on a wonderful journey, with descriptions of three different worlds: the city, the wilderness of South America and the narrator's own internal world, evoked by elements of the previous two.