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El arpa y la sombra

Just in time for Columbus Day! Still, it is only after he threatens to take his services elsewhere that she fronts him the million maravedis he needs to outfit the Santa Maria, the Nina and the Pinta. The book opens with Pope Pius IX as he considers signing papers that could lead to the beatification of Columbus in the mids. Xrpa to Book Page. Divertido y muy serio. Lists with This Book. Published June by Alianza first published In my defence, the carpentirr chapter actually begins with pope Pius contemplating the possibility of Christopher Columbus’ sainthood, so Carpenntier took for granted it’s going to be about the beatification process.

Whereas the somrba 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. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Although born in Switzerland, he grew up in Havana, Cuba, and strongly self-identified as Cuban throughout his life.


His pitch has nothing to do with discovering new worlds, everything to do with commerce. But the anachronistic quality should be remembered when reading.

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Martacastro rated it it was ok Feb 17, He died in Paris in and was buried in Havana. Well written, at least Polish translation is, no complaints on this from me. Such conjecture on Carpentier’s part is highly plausible, for soon Columbus becomes a adpa of glorified Amway salesman, traveling from court to court with his gaudy presentation about how he can make a lot of money for anyone who has the vision to back him.

To read my full review, please go to: May 27, Mateo R. Jul xrpa, Gabriel rated it really liked it. Books by Alejo Carpentier.

Colombus was a selfish, brutal man who took South American’s as slaves and lied and cheated his way to his own notoriety. 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. To ask other readers questions about El arpa y la sombraplease darpentier up. Carpentier has some fun with his Columbus character during the voyage.

The other side sees Columbus as a symbol of our yearning to discover new worlds and of the resourcefulness necessary to follow through on that yearning. Louis rated it it was ok Apr 30, If your inner-scholar is looking for something more exciting than the accuracy of adolescent mannerisms in Harry Potter, than Carpentier is one place you arap go.

The actual quality of the book seems somewhat less, though. History tells us that Columbus was hardly a master seaman, and yet his fallibility did not undercut his pompousness, at least not in Carpentier’s portrait of Columbus’ ruminations caroentier the lieutenants who question his abilities.

I look forward to finding an English copy of this book to further delve into the metaphors and twisting sentences most as long as normal paragraphs, as is Carpentier’s style and extracting that much more from the book. Melanie rated it liked it Jul 24, Thanks for telling us about the problem.


It will open your horizon, and you will discover treasures. A writer of considerable power, he shows his mastery most tellingly in this novel’s construction. Perhaps Cuba’s most important intellectual figure of the twentieth century, Alejo Carpentier was a novelist, a classically adpa pianist and musicologist, a producer of avant-garde radio programming, and an influential theorist of politics and Alejo Carpentier was a Cuban novelist, essayist, and musicologist, who greatly influenced Latin American literature during its “boom” period.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Nice work by Carpentier, as usual the most advanced use of the Spanish language I have ever seen. carppentier

El arpa y la sombra – Alejo Carpentier

It is told in three parts: This adroit and involving novel, originally published in Cuba inprovides 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. It begins with a pope’s attempt to canonize Christopher Columbus. For those of you who disagree, see if you can’t finish this sentence: Jul 08, L. It ends with his spirit watching the conclave vote. We still argue about the validity of idolizing Christopher Columbus as the discoverer of the Americas, but teach it to our kids anyway.

Goodreads helps le keep track of books you want to read. Carpentier draws extensively on the journals of Columbus for the centerpiece of the novel: Sep 23, German Patarroyo rated it really liked it.

The seafaring element brings with it a surprising, instinctual excitement.