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As Carpentier paints the picture, Columbus has an excellent in with Isabella, queen of Spain. Carpentier makes Colombus as he le, or at least mostly.

El arpa y la sombra

If you are fascinated by Americas’ official carpentied, then this book is for you. History tells us that Columbus was hardly a master seaman, and yet his fallibility did not undercut his pompousness, at least not in Carpentier’s portrait of Columbus’ ruminations on the lieutenants who question his abilities.

As you can imagine, he can in no way find religious reasons for that in the life of Columbus, and has to turn implicitly to political reasons: He looks back on his life with a minimum of self-delusion and filters out most of the myth-making that followed his explorations.


This is my original review published in the San Francisco Chronicle in July It’s fiction, and there’s some nationalistic politic within the text as well. The end does make the reading of the book worth it.

I look forward to finding an English copy of this book to further delve into the metaphors and twisting sentences most as long as normal paragraphs, as is Carpentier’s style and extracting that much more from the book. It is told in three parts: He was jailed and exiled and he lived for many years in France and Venezuela but returned to Cuba after the revolution.

Published June by Alianza first published Martacastro rated it it was ok Feb 17, But he does the sign the document to start the process — as history says, it actually did not work out. Whereas the other Alejo Carpentier book I’ve read carpentisr far The Lost Steps or Los Pasos Perdidos was written with gargantuan paragraphs and it fit with the journey motif there, the same paragraphs here felt forced and lost meaning until the end.

Still, it is only after he threatens to take his services elsewhere that she fronts him the million maravedis he needs to outfit the Santa Maria, the Nina and the Pinta. To see what ar;a friends thought of this book, please sign up. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


El arpa y la sombra by Alejo Carpentier

But the anachronistic quality should be remembered when reading. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. He died in Paris in and was buried in Havana.

The scene with witnesses is that great. Sep 23, German Patarroyo rated it really liked it. It begins with a pope’s attempt to canonize Christopher Columbus.

Lists with This Book. The book opens with Pope Pius IX as he considers signing papers that could lead to the beatification of Columbus in the mids.

Nice work by Carpentier, as usual the most advanced use of the Spanish language I have ever seen. It is also the time when devil’s advocate lives up to his role. I’d recommend the book; u is certainly important, and definitely fun.

Jorge monge Fallas rated it it was amazing Feb 28, No trivia or quizzes yet. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It will open your horizon, and you will discover treasures.