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EL SIGLO DE LAS LUCES. Paperback – 1962


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Cía. Gen. de Ediciones,; 1st. ed. edition (1962)
  • ASIN: B0026S7OH6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bálint Hancz on July 31, 2001
Format: Paperback
Carpentier's Siglo de las luces (The century of light) is the novel that can truly be called the key representative of magic realism. In the story of three brothers wandering all around the world the author crammed every little detail of the wonders of the eighteen century America (and of some parts of Europe). Thus he gave a sweeping portrait of the atmosphere of the age of the Enlightenment (hence the title), how the elevated ideals gradually drowned into blood and destruction. Carpentier originally studied music theory and we can say that in this book he found the closest equivalent in prose to a Beethoven symphony. In his literary essays he also talked about the existence of the eternal baroque, which roughly means that during literary history there are always periods when the rules of content and form are subverted. The finest example to the existence of the baroque in the twentieth century is precisely not only because of the luxuriant action but because of its carefully planned, winding sentences. Because of its difficult syntax and vocabulary, the lengthy sentences crammed with every possible little detail of the described scene, this book is not an easy read, especially originally in Spanish. Partly because the story is not set in our time, reading this book can be compared to the reading of a great Baroque classic, it conveys a strange eternal feel, similar to watching a flamboyant gilded altar of a XVII century church.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is an absolute masterpiece. I started reading it a few years ago when I was a lot younger and got throwed back by the long sentences and immense vocabulary Carpentier uses. However, now that I am a little older and have more patience, I can say that this is one of the most impressive novels ever written in Spanish. This book deserves more than five stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By America Reads Spanish on July 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
"Through Victor Hughes we follow the impact of the French Revolution in the Antilles, where the inhabitants dreamed of freedom while the guillotine casts its deadly shadow. A novel that can be identified as a true representative of magic realism, and which gives the reader a comprehensive portrait of the atmosphere surrounding the Age of Enlightment." This is as reviewed and included in "The New Essential Guide to Spanish Reading" which is published by America Reads Spanish: a campaign aimed to increase the use and reading of the Spanish language through the thousands of libraries, schools and book stores in the US.
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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. Born in Havana, he lived for many years in France and Venezuela but returned to Cuba after the 1959 revolution.

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