Alejo Carpentier Valmont by Ida Kar © Photo Courtesy National Portrait Gallery London. Poster designed by Zuzana Pinčíková / Final edition Danievsky Acosta
The UK Celebration for the 60th anniversary of Alejo Carpentier’s novella El Acoso (The Chase, 1956).
El Acaso (The Chase,1956) is the best well known of Carpentier’s novellas (a novella is a work of written, fictional, narrative prose normally longer than a short story but shorter than a novel). El Acoso was a favourite of Jean-Paul Sartre, the one that Luis Buñuel wanted for a film adaptation. The Chase is also favourite novella of mine because it makes me think about the concept of the ‘Other’ in literature . El Acoso is perhaps the oddest and most difficult to classify within Carpentier’s major fictional works, if we are thinking of them as part of what we know as ‘lo real maravilloso’. There is nothing about miracles or magical realism. In El Acaso, the absence of ‘lo real maravilloso’ is evident . The Hero in this literary story by Carpentier is the Anti-Hero.Certainly, you can trace the “personality” of Carpentier’ literary character back to Dostoevsky. El Acoso is also a synthesis of Dostoevsky’s fictional characters from his major literary works. El Acoso is the novella that made Alejo Carpentier, a writer of existentialism.
Free admission- booking required
Thursday 5 May 2016 – 6pm
@ Bloomsbury Theatre Studio
15 Gordon St, London WC1H 0AH
Seating is very limited, please register via the link below ASAP!
“Alejo Carpentier transformed the Latin American novel” Carlos Fuentes
Alejo Carpentier (1904-1980), a Cuban novelist, essayist, and musicologist was perhaps Cuba’s most important intellectual figure of the twentieth century. Alejo was a pure novelist, a classically trained pianist and musicologist, a producer of avant-garde radio programming, and an influential theorist of politics and literature. Best known for his novels, often cited as a progenitor of magical realism, but in order to define his works Carpentier preferred his own concept: “lo real maravilloso”. Please see: http://www.fundacioncarpentier.cult.cu/
https://www.academia.edu/19978898/ El Acoso: Fyodor Dostoevsky in Alejo Carpentier / La obra literaria de Carpentier es tan ecléctica como la arquitectura de la ciudad de la Habana. Carpentier escribió este texto EL ACOSO como si fuera una composición musical, como si fuera una Sinfonía. Lo que debemos escuchar (leer), lo que importa es la originalidad del concepto. Es la novela que acerca a Carpentier a la estética literaria del existencialismo, a lo metafísico y en particular a la forma -caótica del individuo- al estilo único de Dostoevsky / Lo primero que salta a la vista en esta novela es la ausencia de lo real maravilloso. Nada hay aquí de prodigios. El acoso es la novela de Carpentier más complicada desde el punto de vista de la técnica literaria, con sus monólogos interiores, sus frecuentes y repentinos cambios de puntos de vista, y esa inmensa estructura musical. (Carpentier y el Existencialismo, Carpentier como escritor existencialista)
El Acoso (The Chase, 1956) is one of the best well known of Carpentier’s literary works. This novella is perhaps the oddest and most difficult to classify within Carpentier’s major fictional works, if we are thinking of them as part of what we know as lo real maravilloso. Explosion in A Cathedral, The Lost Steps and The Kingdom of This World may be better known. El Acoso has Carpentier’s very-unique blend of psychology, philosophy and an unrelenting view of the bleakest recesses of the Caribbean soul. El Acoso is a novella, which describes the last few hours in the life of an unnamed young man who is on the run in Havana during the violent tyranny of Gerardo Machado. Continue reading “The ‘Other’ in Literature: El Acoso at 60, Celebrating Alejo Carpentier”