Alejo Carpentier further reading

novels, novellas, stories, essays

Alejo Carpentier (1904-1980) was a Cuban writer who made a connection between European culture and the native history of Latin-America. His literary style is a wonderful combination of dazzling images and a rich language, full of the technical jargon of whatever subject he touches on – music, architecture, painting, history, or agriculture.

He was also the first to use the techniques of ‘magical realism’ (he coined the term, lo real maravilloso) in which the concrete, real world becomes suffused with fantasy elements, myths, dreams, and a fractured sense of time and logic.

Carpentier is generally considered one of the fathers of modern Latin American literature. His complex, baroque style has inspired such writers as Gabriel García Márquez and Carlos Fuentes.


Alejo Carpentier – novels in English

Alejo Carpentier further reading The Kingdom of this World (1949) – Amazon UK

Alejo Carpentier further reading The Lost Steps (1953) – Amazon UK

Alejo Carpentier further reading The Lost Steps (1953) – Tutorial, study guide, web links

Alejo Carpentier further reading Explosion in a Cathedral (1962) – Amazon UK

Alejo Carpentier further reading Reasons of State (1974) – Amazon UK

Alejo Carpentier further reading The Consecration of Spring (1978) – Amazon UK

Alejo Carpentier further reading The Harp and the Shadow (1979) – Amazon UK

Alejo Carpentier further reading The Harp and the Shadow (1979) – Tutorial, study guide, web links


Alejo Carpentier further reading


Alejo Carpentier – stories in English

Alejo Carpentier further reading The Chase (1956) – Amazon UK

Alejo Carpentier further reading The Chase (1956) – Tutorial and study guide

Alejo Carpentier further reading The War of Time (1963) – Amazon UK

Alejo Carpentier further reading Journey Back to the Source (1963) – Amazon UK

Alejo Carpentier further reading Journey Back to the Source (1963) – Tutorial and study guide

Alejo Carpentier further reading The Road to Santiago (1963) – Amazon UK

Alejo Carpentier further reading The Road to Santiago (1963) – Tutorial and study guide

Alejo Carpentier further reading Right of Sanctuary (1967) – Amazon UK

Alejo Carpentier further reading Right of Sanctuary (1967) – Tutorial and study guide

Alejo Carpentier further reading Baroque Concerto (1974) – Amazon UK

Alejo Carpentier further reading Baroque Concerto (1974) – Tutorial and study guide


Alejo Carpentier further reading


Alejo Carpentier – novels in Spanish

Alejo Carpentier further reading Ecue-yamba-O! (1933) – Amazon UK

Alejo Carpentier further reading El reino de este mundo (1949) – Amazon UK

Alejo Carpentier further reading Los pasos perdidos (1953) – Amazon UK

Alejo Carpentier further reading El siglo de las luces (1962) – Amazon UK

Alejo Carpentier further reading El recurso del metodo (1974) – Amazon UK

Alejo Carpentier further reading La consegracion de la primavera (1978) – Amazon UK

Alejo Carpentier further reading El arpa y el sombra (1979) – Amazon UK

Alejo Carpentier further reading Cuentos completos (1979) – Amazon UK


Alejo Carpentier web links

Alejo Carpentier further reading Carpentier at Wikipedia
Background, biography, magical realism, major works, literary style, further reading

Alejo Carpentier further reading Carpentier at Amazon UK
Novels, criticism, and interviews – in Spanish and English

Alejo Carpentier further reading Carpentier at Internet Movie Database
Films and TV movies made from his novels

Alejo Carpentier further reading Carpentier in Depth
Spanish video documentary and interview with Carpentier (1977)

© Roy Johnson 2017


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