José Martí in the look of Alejo Carpentier
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- 01 / 03 / 2009
Alejo indicated about Marti: "There is no more than half a life after being dead (used to say Marti): to have been a man of all times or a man of his time."
The quotation links the Cuban born in Paula Street with the apothegm of a great French plastic, Honorato Daumier, who was admired by Carpentier and who used to say that he was, above everything else, a man of his time.
From that common historicity of the act and of the human praxis, from the substance of the creation as a legitimate expression of the stroke of existence, we can see the value Carpentier had about the Hero, who he always admired because, in his essence, he considered there, was nothing could define Marti better that his consequent will.
"You already know that my best way of talking is to hurt." In that phrase made by Alejo Carpentier in his chronic, published in the El Nacional newspaper of Caracas, the 31 of august 1953, in the centenary of the birth date of Marti, is the seed of his legacy, of that Cuban giant, he also defined as "announcer of the future."
Alejo was not a politician and did not wanted to be an ideologist. However, such virtues can be seen in his writings, both in reflexive prose and in essays as in some texts made from the theoretical point of view about art, literature and culture, especially those related with the realities of our America.
Alejo, who was a culture maker, as the Hero, and a deep humanistic writer, will also be a man compromised with his time, as it is showed in his biography, he as a member of the Grupo Minorista and his experiences he suffered during the 30´s.
Carpentier is distinguishes as a man and as an intellectual, from the exercise of the letters and the social projection of his responsibilities and compromises with his people and his country, to which he dedicated all his energies.
His condition of Latin American intellectual was with Marti words in his artistic work. He was one of those men, who do not look to the world in abstract, but who listens to the deep heart beat of the communities and transfers it to the art world, to the universe of literature.