Carpentier, Alejo

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Carpentier, Alejo Gender: M
born on 26 December 1904 at 21:30 (= 9:30 PM )
Place Lausanne, Switzerland, 46n31, 6e38
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Estadella
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 04°41' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 27°55 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 29°29'

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Alejo Carpentier
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Cuban novelist, essayist, and musicologist who greatly influenced Latin American literature during its famous "boom" period. Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, Carpentier grew up in Havana, Cuba, and despite his European birthplace, he strongly self-identified as Cuban throughout his life. He traveled extensively, particularly in France, and to South America and Mexico, where he met prominent members of the Latin American cultural and artistic community. Carpentier took a keen interest in Latin American politics and often aligned himself with revolutionary movements, such as Fidel Castro's Communist Revolution in Cuba in the mid-20th century. Carpentier was jailed and exiled for his leftist political philosophies.

With a developed knowledge of music, Carpentier explored musicology, publishing an in-depth study of the music of Cuba, La música en Cuba and integrated musical themes and literary techniques throughout his works. He explored elements of Afro-Cubanism and incorporated the cultural aspects into the majority of his writings. Although Carpentier wrote in a myriad of genres, such as journalism, radio drama, playwrighting, academic essays, opera and libretto, he is best known for his novels. He was among the first practitioners of magical realism using the technique, lo real maravilloso to explore the fantastic quality of Latin American history and culture. The most famous example of Afro-Cuban influence and use of lo real maravilloso is Carpentier's 1949 novel El reino de este mundo (The Kingdom of this World) about the Haitian revolution of the late 18th century.

Carpentier died in Paris on 26 April 1980 and was buried in Havana's Colon Cemetery with other Cuban political and artistic luminaries.

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Source Notes

Juan Estadella quotes birth certificate produced in [1]


  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Other Entertain/Music
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction