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Marcos Aguinis

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Cantata of the Devils

Cantata of the Devils

Synopsis

Cantata of the Devils is a novel structured with the rigor of a musical score. The tale is told by three voices, identifiable as the three persons of the grammatical singular: the first-person narration is confidential and tragic, the second-person narration is farcical, and the third-person narration is symbolic: They correspond to three dimensions: conscience, reality, and illusion. These voices are interwoven, multiplying ideas and events. The novel proceeds with climaxes and moments of rest, shuddering, mysticism and humor, evolving from a kind of allegretto to an overwhelming climax.

The richness shown in The Inverted Cross is heightened in this novel: Names, situations, parallelism, and anecdotes support ideas, fears, hopes, and principles that stimulate curiosity and suspense.

The novel brings together its subject matters into one climactic unity, where each of the movements show the meaning of a necessary part.

Cantata of the Devils is a masterfully strong portrait of naive patriotism, of the duplicity of humankind, swindlers, messianic movements, ideological slavery, and the imperative to continue blowing on the coals to keep the fire alive. This novel is an aesthetic journey and it is also a plea for the dignity of the human being, who is the 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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