The Chronicle of French Revolution in Alejo Carpentier’s Explosion in a Cathedral

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Dr. Ajay Bhargava
Ashok Kumar Malviya


Alejo Carpentier was a well-known author of Latin American Literature of twentieth century. Explosion in a Cathedral, (El siglo de las luces, 1962) has disclosed the author’s approach, who knew how to take advantages of the chance. This is considered Carpentier’s most effective historical achievement that revealed his destiny accidently. The novel is based on chronicle of French revolution in different circumstances and revealed the French history with winning destiny. It portrays the revolutionary hurdles, which were adopted from the other historians, who wrote about revolutions. Ultimately, Carpentier became successful to assemble immense information, dates and several documents; which were required to write the history of French revolution. The novel presents rare figures as characters without giving more importance to them. Some critics argued that it is characters who are more influenced with European modernity less than Latin America. The novel is about French revolution that is depicted through the character Victor Huggies and Esteban. The French revolution was fought twice as land and water with great efforts. The novel leaves it’s most noteworthy mark in the field of history.


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Dr. Ajay Bhargava, and Ashok Kumar Malviya. “The Chronicle of French Revolution in Alejo Carpentier’s Explosion in a Cathedral”. The Creative Launcher, vol. 4, no. 5, Dec. 2019, pp. 41-49, doi:10.53032/tcl.2019.4.5.07.


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