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Prior, Colombus had been maintained with that Western propaganda with hardly any blemish allowed, and therefore Carpentier’s book really set the story straight.

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His pitch has nothing to do with discovering new worlds, everything to do with commerce. PaperbackBiblioteca Carpentierpages. Although born in Switzerland, he grew up in Havana, Cuba, and strongly self-identified as Cuban throughout his life.

Jul 08, L. Want to Read saving…. Carpentier no para de sorprenderme.

Carpentier makes Colombus as he was, or at least mostly. Columbus’ spirit haunts the Vatican hearing on whether to make him a saint, and the differing views are pungent and vivid.

El arpa y la sombra by Alejo Carpentier

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. Share your thoughts with other customers.


This book is centered on Colombus, and, at the time it was written, was an extremely radical book.

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For those of you who disagree, see if you can’t finish this sentence: To ask other readers questions about El arpa y la sombraplease sign up. Perhaps Cuba’s most important intellectual figure of the twentieth century, Alejo Carpentier was a novelist, a classically trained 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.

Jul 28, Gabriel rated it really liked it. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Angela rated it it was amazing Dec 29, 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.

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El arpa y la sombra

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. 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.


Such conjecture on Carpentier’s part is highly plausible, for soon Columbus becomes a kind of glorified Amway salesman, traveling aalejo 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. No trivia or quizzes yet.

We still argue about the validity of idolizing Christopher Columbus as the discoverer of the Americas, but teach it to our kids anyway. 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.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Carpentier draws extensively on the journals of Columbus for the centerpiece of the novel: Liesl rated it really liked it Jun 08, And, again, it was for the time it was aljo, but now the book feels a little bit flat as the truth of Colombus’ character is more widely known.