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El reino de este mundo es una novela publicada en 1949 por el escritor cubano Alejo Carpentier cuyo tema principal, lo real maravilloso, se enmarca en la Revolución haitiana. En esta novela, ampliamente aceptada por la crítica y que pertenece ya al canon académico, el lector se introduce, a través de los ojos de un esclavo, en la fascinante atmósfera de una Haití en busca de independencia, un mundo de pasiones que se desenvuelven en medio de la feroz caricatura de los extraordinarios lujos de la corte bonapartista. Novela pionera del realismo mágico, en una América donde lo mágico es cotidiano y real.

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Amazing how he managed to squeeze such a story into so short a book. Beautiful, yet brutal & tragic also.more
Through the eyes of a slave, Ti Noel, we see the traumatic and brutal evolution of Haiti's history after liberation from the colonial French rule, when the black regime of King Henri Christophe, at first so promising, sinks into the same morass of social injustice as the former rulers. For many years, the blacks suffered from white oppression. Social order was based on the exploitation of the natives for the comfort of the white masters. Through folk wisdom, voodoo,and ancestral worship, a charismatic leader, Macandal whips his followers into an uprising, drums beating across the island as machete-bearing slaves overran the sleeping plantations, slaughtering all in their path, masters, livestock, women and children. The uprising is put down, Macandal is eventually captured and burned before the eyes of the slaves. When Ti Noel returns years later to Haiti as a free man, the island is now ruled by King Henri Christophe, a black kingdom. The freedom from previous enslavement, however, so dearly purchased, has merely opened the way for the reestablishment of slavery under the mulatto controlling class. The unthinkable has happened: the enslavement of people of African descent by people of African descent. A short yet sweeping novel based on historical events, Carpentier writes with power and brilliant imagery. I enjoyed this book immensely, and it goes to my list of top reads for the year.more
The Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier is a writer that I've always kind of liked but not liked a lot. I don't know if 'The Kingdom of this World' is one of the books he built his reputation from but to me it's the best of the five books of his that I've read. It's set in Haiti (beginning in the late 18th century) and follows the slave Ti Noel from early manhood until his death in old age. One sees through his eyes the rebellion against the French and then the various homegrown dictatorial regimes that will replace them in the next several decades more often than not reinstituting the same kinds of policies that the French regime in Haiti were hated for. Through it all though Ti Noel never loses his humanity nor his spirit to resist. It is a very good book. And on the same subject matter are a trilogy of books by the American novelist Madison Smartt Bell--All souls' rising--The Master of the Crossroads--The stone that the builder refused which are Tolstoyan in scope and extremely well written historical fiction.more
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Amazing how he managed to squeeze such a story into so short a book. Beautiful, yet brutal & tragic also.more
Through the eyes of a slave, Ti Noel, we see the traumatic and brutal evolution of Haiti's history after liberation from the colonial French rule, when the black regime of King Henri Christophe, at first so promising, sinks into the same morass of social injustice as the former rulers. For many years, the blacks suffered from white oppression. Social order was based on the exploitation of the natives for the comfort of the white masters. Through folk wisdom, voodoo,and ancestral worship, a charismatic leader, Macandal whips his followers into an uprising, drums beating across the island as machete-bearing slaves overran the sleeping plantations, slaughtering all in their path, masters, livestock, women and children. The uprising is put down, Macandal is eventually captured and burned before the eyes of the slaves. When Ti Noel returns years later to Haiti as a free man, the island is now ruled by King Henri Christophe, a black kingdom. The freedom from previous enslavement, however, so dearly purchased, has merely opened the way for the reestablishment of slavery under the mulatto controlling class. The unthinkable has happened: the enslavement of people of African descent by people of African descent. A short yet sweeping novel based on historical events, Carpentier writes with power and brilliant imagery. I enjoyed this book immensely, and it goes to my list of top reads for the year.more
The Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier is a writer that I've always kind of liked but not liked a lot. I don't know if 'The Kingdom of this World' is one of the books he built his reputation from but to me it's the best of the five books of his that I've read. It's set in Haiti (beginning in the late 18th century) and follows the slave Ti Noel from early manhood until his death in old age. One sees through his eyes the rebellion against the French and then the various homegrown dictatorial regimes that will replace them in the next several decades more often than not reinstituting the same kinds of policies that the French regime in Haiti were hated for. Through it all though Ti Noel never loses his humanity nor his spirit to resist. It is a very good book. And on the same subject matter are a trilogy of books by the American novelist Madison Smartt Bell--All souls' rising--The Master of the Crossroads--The stone that the builder refused which are Tolstoyan in scope and extremely well written historical fiction.more
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