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The Kingdom of This World: A Novel

Category: Book
By (author): Carpentier, Alejo
Series: Fsg Classics
Subject:  FICTION / Classics
  FICTION / Hispanic & Latino
  FICTION / Historical
  FICTION / In Translation / Latin American
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
Published: November 2017
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in
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From The Publisher*A masterful new translation of a haunting novel of nineteenth-century Haiti A few years after its liberation from harsh French colonial rule in 1803, Haiti endured a period of great brutality under the reign of King Henri Christophe, who was born a slave but rose to become the first black king in the Western Hemisphere. In this unnerving novel from one of Cuba's most celebrated authors, Henri Christophe's oppressive rule is observed through the eyes of the elderly slave Ti Noel, who suffers abuse from masters both white and black. As he ranges across the country searching for true liberation, Ti Noel navigates bloody revolutions, maniacal rulers with false visions of grandeur, and the mysterious power of voodoo magic. First published in English translation in 1957, The Kingdom of This World is now widely recognized as a masterpiece of Cuban and Caribbean literature. Pablo Medina's remarkable new translation renders the dreamlike prose of Alejo Carpentier with nuance and felicity while delivering anew a powerful novel about the birth of modern Haiti. Visionary and singularly twisted, The Kingdom of This World emerges from the depths of the struggle for a country into a tale of race, erotomania, magic, and madness.
Review Quote*"Carpentier's writing has the power and range of a cathedral organ on the eve of the Resurrection." - The New Yorker "Carpentier's energy is gigantic and pell-mell, sweeping colossi on top of each other with ruthless, contemptuous daring." - The Yale Review
Biographical NoteAlejo Carpentier was born in Havana in 1904. He lived for many years in France and Venezuela but returned to Cuba after the revolution. One of the major Latin American writers of this century, he is the author of The Lost Steps, Explosion in a Cathedral, and The Chase . He died in Paris in 1980. Pablo Medina is a Cuban-born writer and translator. He has written sixteen books of poetry, fiction, and memoir including Cubop City Blues, TheCigar Roller, and Exiled Memories: A Cuban Childhood . He has translated the work of Virgilio Pinera and Federico Garcia Lorca and has been awarded grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, The Cintas Foundation, and others. He is currently professor of fiction, poetry, and translation at Emerson College in Boston.