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Alejo Carpentier

1904 - 1980

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Alejo Carpentier y Valmont (Spanish pronunciation: [karpanˈtje], French pronunciation: [kaʁpɑ̃tje]; December 26, 1904 – April 24, 1980) was a Cuban novelist, essayist, and musicologist who greatly influenced Latin American literature during its famous "boom" period. Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, of French and Russian parentage, Carpentier grew up in Havana, Cuba, and despite his European birthplace, he strongly identified as Cuban throughout his life. He traveled extensively, particularly in France, and to South America and Mexico, where he met prominent members of the Latin American cultural and artistic community. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alejo Carpentier has received more than 333,161 page views. His biography is available in 59 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 58 in 2019). Alejo Carpentier is the 791st most popular writer (down from 718th in 2019), the 78th most popular biography from Switzerland (down from 68th in 2019) and the 9th most popular Swiss Writer.

Alejo Carpentier is most famous for his novel "The Kingdom of this World," which is a historical novel that tells the story of Haiti in the early 1800s.

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Among writers, Alejo Carpentier ranks 791 out of 5,755Before him are Bettina von Arnim, Artemidorus, John Fante, Wilhelm Hauff, Peter Weiss, and Arrigo Boito. After him are Johann Kaspar Lavater, Fyodor Tyutchev, Ibn Hawqal, Wole Soyinka, Nonnus, and Juliette Récamier.

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Among people born in 1904, Alejo Carpentier ranks 42Before him are Joseph Campbell, George F. Kennan, Louis Néel, Nikolai Ostrovsky, Odilo Globočnik, and Antonín Novotný. After him are Clifford D. Simak, George Balanchine, Lucile Randon, Nikolai Kuznetsov, Karl Rahner, and John Gielgud. Among people deceased in 1980, Alejo Carpentier ranks 40Before him are Anastasio Somoza Debayle, Hans Morgenthau, Willard Libby, Alexander Oparin, William Howard Stein, and Mae West. After him are Marian Rejewski, Fritz Strassmann, Vinicius de Moraes, Seretse Khama, Ludwig Guttmann, and Lewis Milestone.

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In Switzerland

Among people born in Switzerland, Alejo Carpentier ranks 78 out of 876Before him are Domenico Fontana (1543), Lys Assia (1924), Félix Vallotton (1865), Daniel Bovet (1907), Niklaus Wirth (1934), and K. Alex Müller (1927). After him are Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741), Heinrich Wölfflin (1864), Mario Botta (1943), Humbert I, Count of Savoy (980), Werner Arber (1929), and Jean Tinguely (1925).

Among WRITERS In Switzerland

Among writers born in Switzerland, Alejo Carpentier ranks 9Before him are Erich von Däniken (1935), Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921), Karl Barth (1886), Robert Walser (1878), Max Frisch (1911), and Johann Ludwig Burckhardt (1784). After him are Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741), Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905), Gottfried Keller (1819), Blaise Cendrars (1887), Annemarie Schwarzenbach (1908), and Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz (1878).