This swashbuckling tale set in the Caribbean during the French Revolution focuses on Victor Hugues, a historical figure who led the naval assault to take back the island of Guadeloupe from the English at the beginning of the nineteenth century. In Carpentier's story, this charismatic pirate and revolutionary enters the lives of the wealthy orphans Esteban and Sofia and casts them abruptly into the midst of immense changes sweeping the world outside their Havana mansion.
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Carpentier was a novelist, classically trained pianist and musicologist, aproducer of avant-garde radio programming, and an influential theorist of politics and literature.
John Sturrock is a literary journalist, sometime deputy editor of the "Times Literary Supplement," and consulting editor on the "London Review of Books," He has written widely on French literature, and is an accomplished translator.
Timothy Brennan is Associate Professor of English at the State University of New York, Stony Brook.
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Spanish
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