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A collection of quotes and sayings by Alejo Carpentier on faith, kings, beginnings, thought, moment, forget, reality, music, miracle, success, harmony and spontaneous

12 Great Quotes By Alejo Carpentier For The Fictioneers

Famous As: Writer, Journalist, Essayist, Musicologist, Literary critic

Born On: December 26, 1904

Died On: April 24, 1980

Born In: Lausanne

Died At Age: 75

Alejo Carpentier was a distinguished Cuban essayist, novelist, and musicologist. He has had a great impact on ‘Latin American literature’ during its renowned “boom” period. He is considered as one of the best novelists of the 20th century. He was a leading Latin American literary figure whose writings, books, thoughts, novels and essays reflected magic realism. He travelled extensively and incorporated the sights he experienced in his writings, books, novels, and essays. He exerted a resolute influence on the writings and works of several young Latin American writers, including Gabriel Garcia Marquez. We have rounded some interesting quotes and sayings by Alejo Carpentier which have been corralled from his novels, thoughts, books, writings, essays and life. 

In America everything is fantastical.

Alejo Carpentier

The truth was much more beautiful.

Alejo Carpentier

From the beginning, the sensation of the marvelous presupposes faith.

Alejo Carpentier

I had breathed in the atmosphere created by Henri Christophe, the monarch of incredible aims, much more surprising than all the kings invented by the surrealists.

Alejo Carpentier

The concept of the marvelous begins to take form when it arises from an unexpected alteration of reality, the miracle.

Alejo Carpentier

Even the pallid daughters of Albion forget for a moment their Pre-Raphaelite poses by burying themselves in the sonorous sortilege of the Antilles.

Alejo Carpentier

How hard it is to become a man again when one has ceased to be a man." -The Lost Steps

Alejo Carpentier

I studied harmony and composition in a very spontaneous manner.

Alejo Carpentier

A day will come when men will discover an alphabet in the eyes of chalcedonies, in the markings of the moth, and will learn in astonishment that every spotted snail has always been a poem.

Alejo Carpentier

I gladly accepted the commission but was uncertain about what the end result would be. On the one hand, Cuban music was conquering the world; being heard everywhere, and our small island was already producing one of the popular musical genres of the 20th century.

Alejo Carpentier

Those who have always had faith in its final success can do no less than rejoice as if it was our own triumph after five years of daily struggle to impose Cuban music on the European continent.

Alejo Carpentier