December 26 – Alejo Carpentier

Happy Birthday Alejo Carpentier!


Alejo Carpentier, born December 26, 1904 – Cuban novelist

Read about Alejo Carpentier here and here 

Read a review of Carpentier’s story The Chase

Carlos Fuentes has pointed out that “Alejo Carpentier transformed the Latin American novel. He transcended naturalism and invented magical realism. He took the language of the Spanish baroque and made it imagine a world where literature does not imitate reality, but, rather, adds to reality. It is good to know that “The Chase” is in English at last. We welcome back our father and his bounty: We owe him the heritage of a language and an imagination. We are all his descendants.”

The late, Alejo Carpentier, one of Cuba’s best-known novelists is the author of many engaging books, including “The Lost Steps,” “The Kingdom of This World” and “Explosion in a Cathedral.” Originally “The Chase” entitled “El Acoso” was included in a collection of short stories entitled “Guerra del Tiempo” (War of Time) written by Carpentier while in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1955. “The Chase” stands alone as a diamond among a collection of literary gems.

“The Chase” deals with a specific moment during the period of the false Cuban Republics, supported by the United States the dictatorship of Gen. Gerardo Machado y Morales, who became president in 1925 and eventually was overthrown by a revolutionary movement led by Fulgencio Batista in 1933.


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