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Alejo Carpentier (novelist)

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Who is Alejo Carpentier?

Alejo Carpentier y Valmont was a Cuban novelist, essayist, and musicologist who greatly influenced Latin American literature during its famous "boom" period. Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, Carpentier grew up in Havana, Cuba, and despite his European birthplace, he strongly self-identified as Cuban throughout his life. He traveled extensively, particularly in France, and to South America and Mexico, where he met prominent members of the Latin American cultural and artistic community. Carpentier took a keen interest in Latin American politics and often aligned himself with revolutionary movements, such as Fidel Castro's Communist Revolution in Cuba in the mid-20th century. Carpentier was jailed and exiled for his leftist political philosophies.

  • also known as Alejo Carpentier y Valmont
  • born on (110 years ago) in Lausanne
  • nationality: Cuba
  • education: University of Havana
  • profession: Novelist, writer, essayist
  • died on (34 years ago) in Paris
  • buried in Colon Cemetery, Havana
  • written works: "Explosion in a Cathedral", "The Kingdom of this World", "Obras Escogidas - Alejo Carpentier", "La Harpe Et L'Ombre", "Letra y solfa", "Tientos, diferencias y otros ensayos", "Novelas y relatos", "Ensayos selectos", "La danse sacrale", "La Consagracion De La Primavera", "Afirmación literaria americanista", "El Arpa y La Sombra", "Temas de la lira y del bongo", "El acoso", "Barockkonzert", "Amor por la ciudad", "Le Partage des eaux", "La palabra y su sombra", "Novela Latinoamericana En Visperas de Un Nuevo Sig", "Essais littéraires", "Historia de lunas", "Los pasos recobrados", "Vesna svi︠a︡shchennai︠a︡", "El adjetivo y sus arrugas", "Guerre du Temps / Guerra del Tiempo", "La música en Cuba", "Concert baroque", "La Musique à Cuba", "The war of time", "Palabras en el tiempo de Alejo Carpentier", "Encuentro con Alejo Carpentier", "Conversaciones con Alejo Carpentier", "T︠S︡arstvo Zemnoe, roman", "Le recours de la méthode", "The lost steps", "El amor a la ciudad", "La Cultura En Cuba y En El Mundo", "Le Sacre du printemps", "Die Hetzjagd. Roman", "Bajo el signo de La Cibeles", "Die Methode der Macht", "Los confines del hombre", "Die verlorenen Spuren", "Materiales de la revista Casa de las Américas", "Los Pasos Perdidos/the Lost Steps", "Los convidados de plata", "El derecho de asilo", "Camiño de Santiago", "Dos novelas", "Music in Cuba"
  • some of the awards:
      • Miguel de Cervantes Prize
      • Prix Médicis étranger - "La Harpe Et L'Ombre"

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