The Kingdom of This World by Alejo Carpentier El siglo de las luces by Alejo . a slim work from cuban writer alejo carpentier, the chase (el acoso) is set in. Carpentier’s masterpiece, El Acoso, was originally published in Spanish in by, and translated into American English. The UK Celebration for the 60th anniversary of Alejo Carpentier’s novella El Acoso (The Chase, ). El Acaso (The Chase,) is the best.
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To ask other readers questions about The Chaseplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Instead, ep dedication began: Sinfonia Eroica, composta per festeggiare il souvvenire di un grand Uomo. The Great Man is not named, but it’s still Napoleon, or at least the ‘memory’ of Napoleon, still alive inso, rather, what Beethoven had wished Napoleon to be.
The controversy over when Beethoven soured on Napoleon is unimportant for our purposes, but someone erased the Emperor’s name on a copyist’s score so fiercely a hole was worn in the paper. But why talk about the Eroica in a review about an odd novella set in s Cuba? But I’ll get back to duh.
The action begins in a concert xcoso, which is about to perform the Eroica. A student ticket seller is reading a biography of Beethoven, waiting for the music to begin.
A fugitive runs in, throws a large banknote at the teller and runs into the theater, pursued by two men. The student and the fugitive will be intertwined through that banknote is it counterfeit?
It was she who was visited, almost never visiting anyone herself. The fugitive hides, flees, hides again, from his pursuers and his past, when torture tested his loyalty. Is he running from the police or his one-time comrades? But the music pursues him, too. The carentier are everywhere: Carpentier, a musicologist as well as a revered Latin American novelist, does this as well an anyone I’ve read: Carpentier published this in Batista was still in control in Cuba but Castro was beginning his guerilla war.
Surely Carpentier had some grand Uomo in mind. Whose name was Carpentier scratching out? But we can choose too. Who was the Great Man? Sixty years later, we have memory to let us choose. The fugitive runs from tree to tree, hiding in each shadow: Before him the avenue, where various Presidents, with thick bronze frock coats, standing on granite pedestals, were sculpted in heroic size above the ice-cream vendors, who were ringing their viaticum bells, descended to the sea covered by clouds palpitating with distant flashes of lightning.
A cautionary tale, then, that is not confined to an island. Apr 09, Lauren rated it liked it. Have you ever been at a wine tasting where everyone can taste the hint of blackberries except for you? The plot has some interesting twists and I liked the point of the story, but mostly I feel like I just drank grape juice while everyone else sipped a killer Cab.
Politically-charged, experimental, borderline unintelligible — this will be either your most or least favorite Carpentier book. I lean toward the latter. Jul 25, Babs rated it liked it. If I was a high school English teacher I would assign this book as a gentle introduction to “magical realism. But if you’re looking for Gabriel Garcia Marquez “light” with a touch of “Crime and Punishment,” interested in pre-Castro Batista Cuba, this is a quick read for you.
Further murkifies the muddy waters of the Communists in Cuba. I If I was a high school English teacher I would assign this book as a gentle introduction to “magical realism. I can’t decide who won or lost. I don’t think anybody won.
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View all 7 comments. Sep 26, Emily rated it really liked it Recommended to Emily by: After reading recent novelists whose themes seem to center on navel gazing, reading this book was eye opening. It’s demand to remember the times when politics really did center around life and death shook me carpentiee from the self centered, existential angst of wl much recent american writers.
The snippet of a character who is having second thoughts about participating in political organizing in the face of death was vivid and startling.
Feb 12, Melissa rated it really liked it Shelves: A novella in the form of a sonata, with three main “themes” or narratives that interweave and imagery that overlaps and repeats, centered on a man who’s being hunted for political reasons.
All the action takes place within the forty-six minutes it takes to perform Beethoven’s third symphony, Eroica. The author says he walked out the plot in Havana just to make sure it was possible.
I love shit like that. Una trama algo compleja de aprehender y un final realmente inesperado. Oct 19, Geoffrey rated it really liked it. Does the attempt to imitate music in text work, quite? But as ever with Carpentier here, there’s a lot of great writing, rl it packs a punch. Aug 10, Julia rated it liked it. I did like the style and structure so I probably would have enjoyed this were it not for the misogyny.
Aug 19, Chaz rated it it was amazing. Carpentier incarnates the perfect example of a Cuban intellectual. Eclectic in their authorities –boondoggles, really– as people come to consult with them to better understand arcane subjects like, for instance, 18th century typography. Cuba is an island that begs, borrows and steals from all over the world; its demographic reflects the full spectrum of the world’s diversity. It’s music, ideology, its patois-like Spanish, diet, art, all human creation in short is imported, masticated, and spat Carpentier incarnates the perfect example of a Cuban intellectual.
It’s music, ideology, its patois-like Spanish, diet, art, all human creation in short is imported, masticated, and spat out–and this is the miracle– “a la Cubain”. Havana’s architecture, to name one example, is an amalgamation of thousands of years of varied architectural orders, all neatly packaged into little bourgeois homes and facades. Havana’s architecture is given the role of protagonist in this short novel of Carpentier’s which can act like a primer to his longer works.
This man who was a leading musicologist caprentier aesthetic is buried under a nondescript headstone, deprived of any ornamentation. I wouldn’t put it past Carpentier to mock his own vastly important body of work–typically Cuban!
Sep 04, Stenwjohnson rated it really liked it. Cuban novelist Alejo Carpentier is often considered, alongside Gabriel Garcia Marquez, as a founder of Magical Realism, the distinctively Latin American literary school where mythology takes literal wing alongside commonplace events.
In reality, Carpentier is a lucid, classical modernist in the vein of Marcel Proust or Malcolm Lowry– a dreamlike aura enshrouds his work, but his novels are less about folkloric enchantments than a world of dense reflection rendered in pensive, oblique p Cuban novelist Alejo Carpentier is often considered, acrpentier Gabriel Garcia Marquez, as a founder of Magical Realism, the distinctively Latin American literary school where mythology takes literal wing alongside commonplace events.
In reality, Carpentier is a lucid, classical modernist in the vein of Marcel Proust or Malcolm Lowry– a dreamlike aura enshrouds his work, but his eo are less about folkloric enchantments aocso a world of dense reflection rendered in pensive, oblique prose.
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carpebtier But Carpentier is less interested in politics than a general atmosphere of tense, involuted self-exploration. I just did not enjoy anything about his novella and I know I’m supposed to.
While there are moments here and there that almost remind me of Fran’s Kafka’s “The Trial,” “The Chase” ends up being really boring. I forget where I heard of this title, but I do remember being attracted to the idea of the movements of Beethoven’s “Eroica” being woven through the story.
While pages and pages of paragraphless prose worked in Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness,” they do not work here. Certainly, being on the run is less than glamorous and would contain long stretches of extremely tedious and hungry times, but I don’t really want to read about it. I carpentifr know if the translation has any impact on the quality of this work when read in English. Several reviewers compare this novella carpentiet Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s work, to which I can find little comparison.
This wasn’t magical realism from what I e experienced of the genre. Sin embargo, el cambio de perspectivas y la prosa verbosa confunden al punto de no saber por donde va la historia. The “musicality” of this story is amazing. Sep 24, Laura rated it it was amazing Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. Iiapa rated it liked it Sep 30, RG rated it really liked it May 01, Juan David rated it it was amazing Jul 22,