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About the Author: Alejo Carpentier

Cuban novelist, essayist, and musicologist who greatly influenced Latin American literature during its "boom" period.

Perhaps Cuba's most important intellectual figure of the twentieth century, Alejo Carpentier (1904-1980) was a novelist, a classically trained pianist and musicologist, a producer of avant-garde radio programming, and an influential theorist of politics and literature. Best known for his novels, Carpentier also collaborated with such luminaries as Igor Stravinsky, Darius Milhaud, Georges Bataille, and Antonin Artaud. Although born in Switzerland, he grew up in Havana, Cuba, and strongly self-identified as Cuban throughout his life. He was jailed and exiled and he lived for many years in France and Venezuela but returned to Cuba after the 1959 revolution. He died in Paris in 1980 and was buried in Havana.


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Paperback, Published in Feb 2001 by University of Minnesota Press

ISBN10: 0816638098 | ISBN13: 9780816638093

Page count: 121

Transcurre durante los 46 minutos que dura la ejecución de la «Sinfonía Heroica» de Beethoven en un teatro de La Habana donde se ha refugiado un joven que ha pasado del combate político a la acción terrorista y, mediante la tortura, a la traición.

Sirviéndose de su portentoso dominio del lenguaje y de la técnica narrativa, Alejo Carpentier (1904-1980) recrea en esta novela a través de una pluralidad de voces ­el narrador, el acosado, el taquillero del teatro­ tanto el clima político que se vivió en Cuba durante los turbulentos años de la dictadura de Gerardo Machado, como los aspectos que nos dan la clave para entender la vida del protagonista.

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