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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Concierto barroco by Alejo Carpentier. Concierto barroco by Alejo Carpentier ,. Gonzalo Celorio Prologue by. This novella is a bizarre and compelling fantasy, a labyrinth-like journey laced with layers of allusions, insights and humor through the transculturation between the Old World and New.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Concierto barroco. Mind twisting, I tell you! This is a little piece of jewelery. I must thank Ruxandra Cesereanu for this recommendation; she's madly in love with the book and she's mentioned it several times on her blog.
It was a delicious reading, especially since it took me two years to find the book. If you're into travels, music and magical realism how does a jam session with Vivaldi, Handel, Scarlatti and a bunch of orphan y 5 years later I find this short novel still amazing.
If you're into travels, music and magical realism how does a jam session with Vivaldi, Handel, Scarlatti and a bunch of orphan young women sound?
View all 3 comments. It's hard to find this book in English translation, but if you do, read it you may find it translated but nevertheless under its Spanish title "Concierto Barroco," as I did. It's a baroque concerto in the form of a novel.
I know that makes no sense. Just trust me on this one. It's a good thing. With Concierto Barroco , Alejo Carpentier has written a novella centered around baroque music, and master of words that he is, he's fashioned a language that embodies both the baroque and musical. An experience due to chance and luck.
When I was still living in Spain and once my Spanish was good enough, I went to the bookstore and the library a few times, and randomly would try to find a few slim volumes amongst the shelves that I thought I would have a better chance of being able to finish.
May 7, , it was according to goodreads , when I was in La Central bookstore and my fingers snagged on Concierto Barroco by Alejo Carpentier. To where? We accompany an unnamed Mexican man on his journeys to Europe, ostensibly in the 18th century. From Mexico, to Cuba where he hires afrocubano Filomeno a brief stop in Madrid and Barcelona, and finally to Venice, in the throws of the carnaval. Then a jam session with Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Handel, and as a finale, yes, jazz.
The anachronisms cause the book to occur both inside and outside of time. Alongside the complex language, it's a heavily allusive text, and I doubt I caught everything. Concierto Barroco was published in , and I wish Carpentier had gotten to see and listen to the score. But perhaps this book wouldn't be the same, without so much space to imagine.
The translator would have to be particularly talented not to mangle this gem. Some quotes: 1. Todo futuro es fabuloso. Y los que tienen plata no aman las revoluciones…" 4. And I will include this very long and beautiful passage on Venice, because I have 10, characters to spare. Why not? Concierto barroco es una bella obra de arte.
Divertida, inteligente, profunda. Oct 02, Maria rated it it was amazing. No imagino que un concierto barroco pueda ser de otra forma. Me siento muy agradecida con el viejo Carpentier. Hasta ahora, Carpentier nunca me ha decepcionado. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. Sep 23, German Patarroyo rated it liked it. The writing of Carpentier sometimes to somebody that do not read hardly is heavy A pesar que el lenguaje es algo complejo o la narrativa , se lee bastante bien y es muy divertido. I haven't a clue what was going on, but it was suitably extravagant?
Tout avenir est fabuleux Beautifully written, in Magic Realism style and Historical Fiction. Set in the 16th century where the main character and his slave sail from Mexico to Venice, Italy and influence Vivaldi, to write a Concerto based on Montezuma the Aztec king and thus the new world influences the old.
Carpentier delivers the story with humor irony and sarcas Beautifully written, in Magic Realism style and Historical Fiction. Carpentier delivers the story with humor irony and sarcasm making this novella a fun book to read and re-read. Feb 17, J. Not really a novel, instead it is a musicologist's fan fiction of a Mexican criollo attending a jam session between Vivldi, Handel and Scarlatti.
There is no conflict, characters are flat and the conversations are pedantary for the music snob, but without the wit it takes no great intellect or real knowledge to declare Vivaldi one of the greats.
This isn't to say that the vivid descriptions aren't beautifully rendered--they are--but rather one would expect much more from a writer of Carpentier' Not really a novel, instead it is a musicologist's fan fiction of a Mexican criollo attending a jam session between Vivldi, Handel and Scarlatti. This isn't to say that the vivid descriptions aren't beautifully rendered--they are--but rather one would expect much more from a writer of Carpentier's caliber.
Mar 14, Kathleen rated it liked it. Surely the oddest thing I've read by Carpentier. It perhaps doesn't have the resonance of his best work, but it's still pretty cool. It amazes me that it's obscure enough that the cover of the English version--which, for the record, is Fernando Botero's painting "Dancing in Columbia"--isn't available on this site.
Livro interessante. Alejo Carpentier tem um estilo bastante peculiar e bem trabalhado. Feb 25, tintadearena rated it really liked it. It's a difficult book. Carpentier writting style is hard to understand because of his vocabulary, though his style and detailed descriptions are perfect For the story of this book.
I Found very amusing the Moctezuma opera and the conquer of Mexico through Vivaldi eyes. Definitely, a great book. Jan 08, Regina Andreassen rated it liked it. It was okay but it is probably more enjoyable in its original language, hence one day I will read it in Spanish. Now, however, I have yet to read many other books written by what I consider more prolific authors before I venture to read another of Carpentier's works again.
Sep 18, Nayely Romero rated it it was ok.
Alejo Carpentier was director of Cuba's National Press, which published many millions of volumes in an ambitious program, and for some years was Cuba's ambassador to France. A composer and musicologist, he consciously applied the principles of musical composition in much of his work. Imprisoned for political activity in , he escaped with the aid of Robert Desnos, a French surrealist poet, to Paris, where he joined the literary circle of surrealists Louis Aragon, Tristan Tzara, and Paul Eluard. According to Carpentier surrealism influenced his style and helped him to see "aspects of American life he had not previously seen, in their telluric, epic, and poetic contexts. The Lost Steps takes the form of a diary of a Cuban musician and intellectual who seeks escape from civilization during his trip to a remote Amazon village in search of native musical instruments. The short stories "The Road to Santiago," "Journey to the Seed," and "Similar to Night," present time as subjective rather than historical, and capable of remarkable personal variations.
Concierto Barroco by Alejo Carpentier