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Carpentier, Alejo (Translated by Frances Partridge). WAR OF TIME: STORIES BY ALEJO CARPENTIER. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1970. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 179 pages. Fine/Fine.

Collection of short stories. One of the greatest books of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. "Everywhere in these narratives an extraordinarily rich and imaginative mind speculates upon, evokes, and criticizes the human condition and what men do in accepting and altering it. Writing of the rarest depth and resonance" (Publisher's blurb). Together with Machado de Assis, Alejo Carpentier is regarded as one of the Founding Fathers of Magical Realism, the dominant style of Modern Latin-American literature. Unlike almost all other Modern writers who were deeply committed to an ideology (in Carpentier's case, Fidel Castro's Marxism), Carpentier did not subscribe to "committed" literature, as Sartre, for example, did. On the contrary, he was a committed aesthete who sought to find the right voice and texture in his prose to capture what he saw as the unique Latin-American reality and experience. He called the latter "El Maravilloso", The Marvellous, whose implicative realization in his work made Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "One Hundred Years of Solitude" possible. His work is indispensable, and this collection is a "must-have" title for Alejo Carpentier collectors. This title has been out-of-print for more than thirty-five years and is now collectible. This is one of extremely few copies of the First American Edition still available online and is in especially and miraculously fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare copy thus. Regarded by Harold Bloom as one of the canonical writers of our time. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ALEJO CARPENTIER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0575003707. $150.00

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