At a glance:
- Author: Alejo Carpentier
- First Published: 1962
- Type of Work: Novel
- Type of Plot: Social realism
- Setting: Caribbean islands and Europe
- Characters: Carlos, Sofía, Esteban, Victor Hugues, Ogé
- Genres: Long fiction, Social realism, Historical fiction, Novel
- Subjects: Dictators, Caribbean, Love or romance, Nineteenth century, Europe or Europeans, Revolutions, Eighteenth century, French Revolution
- Locales: Caribbean, Europe, Central America and West Indies
A wealthy Cuban merchant dies in Havana, leaving behind an orphaned son and daughter, Carlos and Sofía, and a nephew, Esteban, also an orphan who grew up with Carlos and Sofía. In the absence of paternal authority, the three adolescents are free to pass the time as they wish. They eat and sleep at odd hours and transform the family mansion into a house of “perpetual games,” a disorderly labyrinth of unpacked shipping crates. Their harmonious existence in the midst of external chaos is brought to an abrupt end, however, when Victor Hugues, a cosmopolitan...
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