El siglo de las luces (Obras completas de Alejo Carpentier)

El siglo de las luces (Obras completas de Alejo Carpentier)

El siglo de las luces Obras completas de Alejo Carpentier This fine somber novel by the author of the widely acclaimed The Lost Steps deals with the French Revolution chiefly in the Caribbean Not an ordinary historical novel but rather a poetic highly

  • Title: El siglo de las luces (Obras completas de Alejo Carpentier)
  • Author: Alejo Carpentier
  • ISBN: 2249722005
  • Page: 434
  • Format: Paperback
  • This fine, somber novel, by the author of the widely acclaimed The Lost Steps, deals with the French Revolution, chiefly in the Caribbean Not an ordinary historical novel, but rather a poetic, highly informed essay, it forth, in rich prose, a host of memorable impressions of Revolutionary Paris, of Caribbean islands sweltering in the sunlight, and of the RevolutionaryThis fine, somber novel, by the author of the widely acclaimed The Lost Steps, deals with the French Revolution, chiefly in the Caribbean Not an ordinary historical novel, but rather a poetic, highly informed essay, it forth, in rich prose, a host of memorable impressions of Revolutionary Paris, of Caribbean islands sweltering in the sunlight, and of the Revolutionary ideals which, transplanted to these islands, died in blood, sweat and a return to slavery and the old ways Its chief protagonist is Victor Hugues, a historical figure, who is shown through the eyes of three fictional orphaned adolescents Carlos, Sofia, and their cousin Esteban, whom he dazzled at first meeting Esteban follows Victor as he rises from baker s son and merchant to Revolutionary master of the Caribbean, but sickens eventually of bloodshed and of Victor s ruthless changing to fit shifting policies Sofia, who loves Victor and joins him, is also finally sickened by the betrayal of Revolutionary ideals, and the changes power has made in Victor Above its many modern political parallels, this story is powerful evocation of the mysterious evolution, decay and persistence of all human relations and ambitions Splendidly written.

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    “Liberté, égalité, fraternité” – No. The true symbol of revolution was guillotine.Those who didn’t need to be liberated from everything were beheaded. Those who didn’t want to be equal with everybody around were decapitated. Those who didn’t wish to become anyone’s brother were guillotined…The guillotine had begun to form part of normal everyday life. Amongst the parsley and the marjoram, miniature guillotines were sold as ornaments, and many people took them home. Children e [...]

    The Kingdom of this World was a charred little fable of revolutionary violence – vengeful voodoo, conspiratorial caves, signal drums in the night; a revolt of slaves, “senseless and merciless” – and I sought out Explosion in a Cathedral hoping for something in that line. The novel’s scope is broader, embracing, as Carpentier writes in his afterward, “the whole area of the Caribbean” in a time of revolution, abolition, piracy and war. Explosion in a Cathedral (the original Spanish t [...]

    Aun sigo "borracho" del lenguaje de este libro. Seguramente la impresión me durará varios meses. No entiendo como pude vivir si leer a Carpentier. Su prosa es totalmente divagatoria pero articulada, totalmente abierta pero cerrada aun término, a una frase, a una expresión y te hace sentir que corre la trama lentamente mientras en tu cabeza circula la lava de su prosa.No queda mas que recomendar a cualquier persona que quiera saber la verdadera vida en "El Siglo de las Luces" que lea aquí lo [...]

    Tiene una prosa muy rica, demasiado rica, es un libro para leer con un diccionario al lado para buscar todas las palabras que no hayas oído en tu vida. Con tanta riqueza de vocabulario, palabras tan rebuscadas y tanta y tanta descripción y explicación se me ha hecho a trozos un poco cuesta arriba, vamos que me he quedado un poco saturada/empachada de vocabulario. Pero por el contrario hay capítulos que son una verdadera maravilla y no se puede negar que está muy bien escrito. Me ha dejado a [...]

    Τα βασικά πρόσωπα του βιβλίου είναι 4. Τα αδέρφια Κάρολος και Σοφία, (κληρονόμοι πλούσιου Κουβανού εμπόρου) ο ξάδερφός τους Εστεμπάν και ο Γάλλος έμπορος και αργότερα πολιτικός Βίκτορ Ουγκ (ιστορικό πρόσωπο, 1762-1826). Κεντρικός ήρωας του βιβλίου όμως είναι η Καραϊβική και η προ [...]

    Armoiries de CubaArmoiries de Haïtisymboles révolutionnaires françaisAlejo Carpentier (1904-1980) est un auteur cubain né en Suisse, d'ascendance française. Dans ce roman écrit dans les années 50 et paru en 1962, il évoque la période révolutionnaire dans le théâtre des Caraïbes par le truchement d'un personnage historique dont j'ignorais l'existence, Victor Hugues(1762-1826), un planteur de Saint Domingue d'origine marseillaise.Au milieu du XVIIIe siècle, la France avait perdu quas [...]

    La gran novela latinoamericana sobre las ilusiones y los desencantos que provocan los sueños revolucionarios.

    Explosion in a Cathedral by Alejo Carpentier is a book that comes alive on several simultaneous levels. Ostensibly, it’s a novel about eighteenth century adventurers. Carlos, Sofia and Estaban emerge from the kind of familial challenges that beset most lives at some stage in any lifetime lived in that age. They are from Havana, a Spanish colony offering necessary and essential loyalty to a King, a King removed from local reality in both space and experience. But there is revolution in the air. [...]

    Leí por primera vez esta excelente novela un verano hace cerca de diez años. Desde entonces, es un libro que he recomendado a menudo, que ha permanecido en mi recuerdo y he evocado muchas veces. Además de las horas de disfrute que me proporcionó, me abrió las puertas a la literatura de Alejo Carpentier. Tras El siglo… leí Los pasos perdidos. Luego, tras visitar la casa museo dedicada al escritor en La Habana, leí también El reino de este mundo, el libro de relatos Guerra del tiempo y C [...]

    Calificar solo de "novela histórica" a este libro es casi una falta de respetoseña completa: 0enliteratura/2016

    When the only hope that remains in our lives is death, then it means that we are living in dangerous times. What is the source of our problems as a humanity? The answer is inequality. Death is the only summons which we all must obey and the only sure solution to the oppression we live with. In this book we see men like Victor who dedicate their lives to the revolution. It is set during the colonialist period. A time when slavery was the only way of getting rich. Things were so bad, blacks had re [...]

    Esto es lo mejor que he leído este año. Esta novela tiene una factura sublime. Hay que ver lo bien que escribe este señor. El tema de la novela a su vez no carece de interés, y la estrataegia de abordarlo desde una perspectiva familiar, juvenil, ; con protagonistas en los que te puedes sentir reflejado, etc.Lo recomiendo a todo el que desee disfrutar del vicio de la lectura. Porque leer esta novela es cosa de vicio !

    Explosion in a Cathedral might be described as a steaming Monte Cristo sandwich or perhaps better yet a Cuban boucan. I loved this mixture of swashbuckling romance and the dense history of the French Revolution’s implosion as it crosses the sensuously magical Caribbean. But a warning for those not intrigued by history, you may find yourself becalmed by the large middle expanse of the book. Drawn from real life, Carpentier’s tragic anti-hero Victor Hughes contains within him one third Edmond [...]

    Volvemos a un libro del canon. Después de las dos últimas experiencias, no muy afortunadas en mi caso, he de decir que éste no me ha parecido tan tostón como el último comentado, ya que al menos contaba una historia. Desde el punto de vista literario he de manifestar que no me apasiona la prosa emperifollada de Carpentier, sin dejar de alabar su vastísimo conocimiento del idioma. Para leerlo en toda su extensión, debería haberme procurado de un diccionario en su versión más extensa. Pr [...]

    Rivoluzione francese nelle Antille, esistenzialismo magico, romanzo storico di guerre, ghigliottine ed epidemie, fatti di sangue, d'amore e di armi nell'universo coloniale. Laddove ogni cosa ha un nome o ne va in cerca, in un tempo di spettri e di decapitazioni, Carpentier istituisce un legame profondo tra realtà e linguaggio, alterandone i confini e sublimando la tragicità del quotidiano in una rappresentazione creola e meticcia del mondo e dell'umano, sempre in bilico tra classicità e altez [...]

    actually I would give this book 3 and a half stars since it's true that it took me some time to finally get along with it and catch up the rhythm but this book really gets better as it goes and I ended up liking it a lot. it's s good way to get to know the history about 19th century revolutions both sides of the atlantic, including those chapters and people evolved not so known. (thank you for the gift, i)

    The French Revolution told from a new angle, for the main plot occurs in the West Indies and in Carribean(St Domingue, Cuba). Historical novels rarely suit the historian in me, but this is one of the best books ever written. I read El Siglo de la Luces in French(also known as Explosion in a Cathedral), a long time ago, and it has stayed with me until now. A classic. Really marvellous.

    It is definitely an interesting book to read although it covers events from totally different epoch and part of the world. It made me realise how the mankind has progressed in its attitude to human rights and so on for the 2 centuries since the events described there. It's a bit more historical for my taste, but I like the description of the world that the 3 young people created for themselves.

    Un libro que me dejó sin palabras, y me perturbó tan profundamente que varias veces tuve que detenerme y dejar de leer porque ya no podía soportarlo. Si El Reino de Este mundo me dejó indiferente y poco impresionada, este libro vino a sacudirme el mundo.

    Hace algo de un mes que leí por primera vez a Carpentier y no puedo parar. No sólo me parece fascinante su prosa, su don para el lenguaje, para las descripciones barrocas de la naturaleza desbordada del Caribe, sino también su afán de rescatar las historias no contadas del continente. Así como en El reino de este mundo se narra en profundidad la revolución de Haití, aquí Carpentier nos interna en el poco explorado terreno de la revolución francesa en el Caribe, sus idas y vueltas, su tr [...]

    En 1789, à La Havane (alors possession espagnole), Carlos, Sofia et Esteban sont trois adolescents livrés à eux-mêmes dans une immense maison après la mort de leur père et oncle. Créant par leur imaginaire un monde à part, fait de rêveries, de conquêtes lointaines et de jeux, les jeunes gens voient leur horizon s’élargir avec l’arrivée d’un personnage étrange, Victor Hugues, un Français qui introduit avec lui dans la maison les idées de la Révolution française. Personnage [...]

    The low rating will be controversial among Carpentier's fans. This was "magic realism" (a term he invented) in 1962, years before the Latin American Boom took off after Garcia Marquez' "One Hundred Years of Solitude." (There is a legend, which may be an urban one, that this novel inspired Garcia Marquez to start writing "100 Years".) Carpentier wrote in a prose style and with an accumulation of detail that is perhaps best described by the title of one of his othernovels: "Baroque Concert." The p [...]

    No encontre en Carpentier una prosa experimental, o un lenguaje memorable, o un uso abundante de historias dentro de historias, o de metaforas inteligentes. Encontre una historia en mas de un sentido. Historia, porque uno de los personajes principales del libro (Victor Hugues) es, de hecho, un personaje historico. Historia tambien en el sentido de invencion, de novela, de cuento, de relato. La historia, pues, examina la repercusion (exportacion, si se quiere) de la Revolucion Francesa en el Cari [...]

    My favourite book!!! I don`t have an exact word to explain why I love it this book.I think that is the merit to try of say us how this amazing age (illustrated on thousands of books) afected the most simple people (since of our caribbean point of view) and how this people lived this experience.I guess that is the possibility of a truly change in our lives is my atraction with this book, and I really apreciate it becasuse I readed in a moment that I need this perspective.

    I read this in Spanish, the story takes place in Cuba during a time of colonization and cultural changes, the novel reads in the way a person of that time and place would speak if well educated. In an incredibly detailed descriptive way the author really does create scenes that are deeply impressive. I read this using a dictionary not to miss out on anything.

    Libro interesante, pero no ameno. Aún así el preciosista estilo y el realismo de los personajes hacen que merezca la pena. Más comentarios en mi blog

    pretty good, lots of longish ornate sentences. not sure how accurate the translation is tho, it reads ok but is apparently based on the french translation rather than direct from the spanish.

    Though it did give insight into Latin American Literature of the era, it was more of a transition into Magical Realism as opposed to a clear participant in the movement.

    Ya se ha escrito muchísimo sobre Carpentier, El siglo de las luces y lo real maravilloso. La historia de Víctor Hughes, que en realidad es un pretexto para contarnos la historia de Esteban y que, nuevamente, es un pretexto para contarnos la historia de Sofía, es un espiral de datos históricos, pesquisas psicológicas y disquisiciones filosóficas de grueso calibre que se adelantaron por varias décadas a la realidad Centroamericana y Latinoamericana en general. De hecho, escrito hoy sería u [...]

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