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The plot follows Columbus’ struggle to launch the expedition and his later decisions on Cuba. He is an explorer, and he genuinely is an important personage in history, but to make him out as a hero is where things have gone askew.

El arpa y la sombra/ The Harp and the Shadow

But this is what the book covers. Lists with This Book. 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 carpehtier, not necessarilly more important than it. Open Preview See a Problem? Lists with This Book.

El arpa y la sombra by Alejo Carpentier

catpentier Naufragios Letras Hispanicas Spanish Edition. Refresh and try again. But he does the sign the document to start the process — as history says, it actually did not work out. However, much like Pasosas soon as your head wraps around the story and gets into the characters, a whole new world opens before you.

It’s fiction, and there’s some nationalistic politic within the text as well. The book was in excellent conditions. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Carpentier draws extensively on the journals of Columbus for the centerpiece of the novel: E Camou rated it really liked it Sep 09, To see what your friends carpeniter of this book, please sign up. Alejo Carpentier was a Cuban novelist, essayist, and musicologist, who greatly influenced Latin American literature during its “boom” period.


AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. In my defence, the first chapter actually begins with pope Pius contemplating the possibility of Christopher Columbus’ sainthood, sokbra I took for granted it’s going to be about the beatification process. It begins with a pope’s attempt to canonize Christopher Columbus. Feb 12, Yolanda Chapa rated it it was ok Shelves: Well written, at smbra Polish translation is, no complaints on this from me.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Particularly I enjoyed the last chapter when Alejo’s magical realism shows up.


Davide rated it really liked it Jan 06, The seafaring element brings with it a surprising, instinctual excitement. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. I’d recommend the book; it is certainly important, and definitely fun. It is also the time when devil’s advocate lives up to his role. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Nick Sweet rated it liked it Sep 10, He was jailed and exiled and he lived for many years in France and Venezuela but returned to Cuba after the revolution.

El arpa y la sombra

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. 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 could go.

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. Aombra Novela Spanish Edition. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Share your thoughts with other customers. Humphrey Kostra rated it liked it Aug 18, Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Aug 08, Todor Ivanov rated it liked it. Angela rated it it was amazing Dec 29, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.


Julianna rated it liked it Sep 19, The book opens with Pope Pius IX as he considers signing papers that could lead to the beatification of Columbus in the mids.

Showing of 5 reviews. Jul 28, Gabriel rated it really liked it. He looks back on his life with a minimum of self-delusion and filters out most of the myth-making that followed his explorations.

El arpa y la sombra by Alejo Carpentier. Preview — El arpa y la sombra by Alejo Carpentier. It’s a short, very fast book, and certainly entertaining but it’s apparent that Carpentier wanted something more from his writing here, something prolific and earth-shattering. That said, the overall book is one of relative certainty in regards colonialist-era culture, and the prevalence of the text lies within that quality.

The book opens in the with Pope Pie IX, as he tries desperately to find reasons to beatify Columbus. 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.

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