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The Kingdom of this World (1949)

by Alejo Carpentier

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    La Pyramide by Ismail Kadare (wandering_star)
    wandering_star: The scene with the building of the Citadelle in Carpentier's work reminded me very much of the building of the Pyramid.

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In the forward, Edwidge Danticat says "Alejo Carpentier allows us to consider the possibility - something which his own Cuba would later grapple with - that a revolution that some consider visionary might appear to others to have failed." And so it is that a successful slave rebellion against French colonial rule leads to a brief but brutal regime led by a former slave, which in the end, leads to the emergence of mulattoes as the ruling class. Carpentier blends magical realism with historical events in a believable way and takes the reader to the darker side of Haiti.

Macandal had not foreseen this matter of forced labor. Nor had Bouckman, the Jamaican. The ascendancy of the mulattoes was something new that had not occurred to Jose Antonio Aponte, beheaded by the Marquis of Someruelos, whose record of rebellion Ti Noel had learned of during his slave days in Cuba. Not even Henri Christophe would have suspected that the land of Santo Domingo would bring forth this spurious aristocracy, this caste of quadroons, which was now taking over the old plantations, with their privileges and rank.

Try as he would, Ti Noel could think of no way to help his subjects bowed once again beneath the whiplash. The old man began to lose heart at this endless return of chains, this rebirth of shackles, this proliferation of suffering, which the more resigned began to accept as proof of the uselessness of all revolt.
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  nittnut | Feb 16, 2015 |
El Reino de Este Mundo es una descripción muy artística sobre la liberación de un pueblo de esclavos, que trascendió a la historia, Haití. Aquí en una forma mágico religiosa, el autor describe de forma muy cruda escenas de violencia por las acciones del vudú Africano presente en la pequeña isla, en uno de los personajes que se transformaba en animales diversos y que en conjuros envenenó a todo un pueblo.

Este libro también nos narra la cruda realidad que se da cuando un pueblo que estuvo oprimido por la violencia y la injusticia donde unos pocos se beneficiaban de todo y la gran mayoría era despreciada, las cosas se vuelcan de manera súbita y extraña cuando ese individuo oprimido pasa a liderar se vuelve victima de lo que sufrió y en esa misma forma gobierna al nuevo pueblo libre.

El Sr. Carpentier nos mostró como se dan los reinados de este mundo fatal del hombre que todo lo impone, eso nos toca vivir en el reinado de este mundo. ( )
  Pamelangeles | Jul 3, 2014 |
It was a short read. ( )
  Kirmuriel | Sep 19, 2013 |
To be paired up with [b:Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution|69835|Avengers of the New World The Story of the Haitian Revolution|Laurent Dubois|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1170713032s/69835.jpg|67662].
  beabatllori | Apr 2, 2013 |
Amazing how he managed to squeeze such a story into so short a book. Beautiful, yet brutal & tragic also. ( )
  K_Fox | Nov 22, 2012 |
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Alejo Carpentierprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Danticat, EdwidgeIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
de Onis, HarrietTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
栄一, 木村Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
渡, 平田Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Of the twenty stallions brought to Cap Francais by the ship's captain, who had a kind of partnership with the breeder in Normandy, Ti Noel and unhesitatingly picked that stud with the four white feet and rounded crupper which promised good service for mares whose colts were coming smaller each year.
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A few years after its liberation from the brutality of French colonial rule in 1803, Haiti endured a period of even greater brutality under the reign of King Henri-Christophe, who was born a slave in Grenada but rose to become the first black king in the Western Hemisphere. In prose of often dreamlike coloration and intensity, Alejo Carpentier records the destruction of the black regime—built on the same corruption and contempt for human life that brought down the French while embodying the same hollow grandeur of false elegance, attained only through slave labor—in an orgy of voodoo, race hatred, madness, and erotomania.

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