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Cuba praises Alejo Carpentier’s literature

Havana, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) Cuban storyteller Leonardo Padura offered on Tuesday on the World Day of the Spanish language, a tribute conference in this capital to the great writer Alejo Carpentier (1904-1980), in homage to his 120th birth anniversary.

Padura´s speech entitled, “Freedom and Utopia in The Century of Enlightenment” took place at the Jose Marti National Library, where he spoke about Carpentier’s work and his work for Hispanic American and universal literature.

Padura stressed that Alejo Carpentier is part of “outstanding literature,” since he is one of the writers who helped build the Spanish language.

According to Padura, he notices new meanings and contents every time he reads over Carpentier’s works in different life stages, as it is one of his passions.

The writer said that Carpentier’s work focuses on the most dramatic and transcendent of the bourgeois revolutions: the French Revolution (1789-1799), which is considered as the driving force of a historical and significant turn for France, and even America.