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Cantata of the Devils

Cantata of the Devils

Synopsis

“Cantata de los Diablos” is a novel structured with musical rigor. The tale is told by three voices, identifiable as the three persons of the singular: the first is confidential and tragic, the second, farcical, and the third, symbolic: They correspond to three dimensions: Conscience, Reality, and Illusion. These voices are interweaved, multiplying ideas and events. The novel proceeds with knots and reposes, tremors, mysticism and humor, evolving from a kind of allegreto to an overwhelming climax.

The richness shown in “La Cruz Invertida” is heightened in this novel: Names, situations, parallelism, and anecdotes support ideas, fears, hopes, and principles that stimulate curiosity and suspense.

The novel gathers its materials in a climactic unit, were each of the movements show the meaning of a necessary part.

“Cantata de los Diablos” is a masterfully strong depiction of naive patriotism, of the duplicity of mankind, of ideological slavery, and of the imperative to continue blowing on the coals to keep the fire alive. This novel is an aesthetic journey and it is also a prayer for the dignity of the human being, fabulous creator of its own demons

  • Title Cantata of the Devils
  • Genre Novel
  • Year 1972
  • Editorial Sudamericana
  • Pages 313
  • ISBN 9500718642
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