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 243,322 page views. His biography is available in 58 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). Alejo Carpentier is the 718th most popular writer (up from 862nd in 2019), the 68th most popular biography from Switzerland (up from 83rd in 2019) and the 8th 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 718 out of 5,794Before him are Douglas Adams, Multatuli, Odysseas Elytis, Andrea Camilleri, Max Jacob, and Carlos Fuentes. After him are Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, Neal Cassady, Lesya Ukrainka, Sin Saimdang, Vittoria Colonna, and Cornelia, mother of the Gracchi.

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Among people born in 1904, Alejo Carpentier ranks 34Before him are Hans Morgenthau, Ernst Mayr, Dmitry Kabalevsky, Willem de Kooning, Witold Gombrowicz, and Luis Carrero Blanco. After him are Antonín Novotný, Nikolai Ostrovsky, Joseph Campbell, Werner Forssmann, Ève Curie, and George F. Kennan. Among people deceased in 1980, Alejo Carpentier ranks 36Before him are John Bonham, Hans Morgenthau, Hans Asperger, Bill Evans, Seretse Khama, and Marcelo Caetano. After him are Anastasio Somoza Debayle, Marian Rejewski, Alexander Oparin, Willard Libby, Fritz Strassmann, and Vinicius de Moraes.

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In Switzerland

Among people born in Switzerland, Alejo Carpentier ranks 68 out of 749Before him are H. R. Giger (1940), Gabriel Cramer (1704), Siegfried Wagner (1869), Walter Rudolf Hess (1881), Domenico Fontana (1543), and Paul Hermann Müller (1899). After him are K. Alex Müller (1927), Peter Zumthor (1943), Friedrich Miescher (1844), Heinrich Wölfflin (1864), Niklaus Wirth (1934), and Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741).

Among WRITERS In Switzerland

Among writers born in Switzerland, Alejo Carpentier ranks 8Before him are Carl Spitteler (1845), Erich von Däniken (1935), Karl Barth (1886), Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921), Robert Walser (1878), and Max Frisch (1911). After him are Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741), Johann Ludwig Burckhardt (1784), Gottfried Keller (1819), Blaise Cendrars (1887), Antoine-Henri Jomini (1779), and Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905).