Great World Writers: Twentieth Century - Vol. 2

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Alejo Carpentier

BORN: December 26, 1904, Havana, Cuba

DIED: April 24, 1980, Paris, France

IDENTIFICATION: One of Cuba's most important intellectual figures of the twentieth century, Carpentier is best known for his interesting contribution to literary style, the real maravilloso.

SIGNIFICANCE: Alejo Carpentier is considered part of the generation of the 1920s, which included writers who came of age after World War I; that generation was also influenced by the triumph of the Russian Revolution and the Marxism-Leninism of its leaders. During that period Latin American nations were trying to modernize but in the process endured political and economic turmoil. In his work Carpentier attempted to highlight the political and cultural currents that he considered appropriate to Latin America through the use of real maravilloso, a reality-deforming technique that made the real seem marvelous and the marvelous, real. Carpentier was active in politics, another field in which he made important contributions.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • Italo Calvino 149
  • Altert Camus 159
  • Alejo Carpentier 179
  • Ainé Césaire 195
  • Chow Shu-Jen 205
  • J. M. Coetzee 225
  • Joseph Conrad 245
  • Tsiti Dangarembga 267
  • Anita Desai 277
  • Index 287
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