Alejo Carpentier, one of the most intriguing cases. He was a Cuban author who coined the term of this style of writing as “lo real maravilloso. Carpentier considered that the social role of writers and artists was indispensable , a responsibility assumed by many of his coevals. Gabriel. In , the literary critic Alejo Carpentier wrote an article titled “On the Marvelous Real in America.” In it, he contends that Surrealism is.

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The most important is the first one, “El Camino de Santiago” The Way of Santiagowhich narrates the adventures of a commoner, a Spaniard in the Age of Discovery, who is today a soldier, tomorrow pilgrim, then a sailor, maravillloso colonizer, prisoner, and so on; he pursues every dream and suffers every disappointment. Carpentier is widely known for his theory of lo real maravilloso.

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This expectation of meeting the standards of America was not something I had expected to run into within my research, but the influence that it seems to have played within magical realism is rather crucial to explaining its purpose. Inwhile studying in Havana, Carpentier became a cultural journalist, writing mostly about avant-garde developments in the arts, particularly music. Refresh and try again. Carpentier’s interest in music had great influence on his prose writing.

Born in LausanneSwitzerland, Carpentier grew up in HavanaCubaand despite his European birthplace, he strongly self-identified as Cuban throughout his life. Every source that I began looking into stated it was something which originally had German roots after the influence of Franz Roh who referred to art within this category.

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He also spoke French and as an adolescent, he read Balzac, Flaubert, and Zola. Alejo Carpentier y Valmont December 26, — April 24, was a Cuban novelist, essayist, and musicologist who greatly influenced Latin American literature during its famous “boom” period.

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Lo Real Maravilloso

It has twin leitmotifs of the printing press and the guillotine and can be read as a “meditation on the dangers inherent in all revolutions as they begin to confront the temptations of dictatorship. Though Varo struggled with solitude and ennui throughout her career, she didn’t explore this type of imagery until she moved to Mexico. You are commenting using your Twitter account. As such, for Carpentier to better understand Cuban identity through his work, carpenfier eagerly integrated music into his writing.

The time he had spent in Paris for over eleven years had enriched and “oriented his expressive abilities”. Additionally, I see magical realism as an escape for both the audience and the writers who depended upon it heavily to manifest much of their personal lives.

He experimented with the technique in several developmental stages: This is the notion that the history and the geography of Latin America are both so extreme as to appear fictional or even magical to outsiders. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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This style strongly presents itself when comparing works such as the early Amfricano to the celebrated El reino de este mundoregarding Carpentier’s use of more historically eloquent vocabulary in the latter, instead of the authentic language of the ethnically-inspired characters. Striving to portray unlikely beauty, termed, “the third beauty”, Surrealist theory embraced unique perspectives of the world. Perhaps this is because, though americqno scene is fantastic, the emotions it captures are real.

One source refers to Columbia as a country that dealt with the largest rates of political unrest and cases of unfair levels of justice than another area in Carpentief America, thus this could be an additional reason for his dedication to this writing style.


I was incredibly interested in delving into further research of Magical Realism and its origin mainly rea, it relates to Latin America and within the work of Marquez.

Gaby Silva added it Feb 02, Post to Facebook Share on Twitter Share via email. Here he escapes the stereotype of “nativism” by incorporating European standards, but continues to achieve a sense of normalcy without the expected use of the colloquialisms which the protagonist Ti Noel would undoubtedly use.

From to he lived in Venezuelawhich is the inspiration for the unnamed South American country in which much of his novel The Lost Steps takes place.

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In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Although Carpentier wrote in a myriad of genres, such as journalism, radio drama, playwrighting, academic essays, opera and libretto, he is best known for his novels.

Amerkcano this intrinsic appreciation of music and a fascination with Cuban identity, Carpentier began investigating the origins of Cuban music in a more academic sense. Jason rated it liked it Apr 21, He xlejo in Paris in and was buried in Havana.

Nina rated it really liked it Oct 15, Carpentier himself played the piano, as did his mother; his father played cello, studying under Pablo Casalsand his grandmother played the organ. You are commenting using your WordPress.

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