New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1970. 1st US Edition. Octavo, publisher’s blue cloth, spine stamped in silver, upper board blind stamped, top edge stained yellow, original illustrated dust jacket.
"The concept of the marvelous begins to take form when it arises from an unexpected alteration of reality, the miracle." First US edition of Cuban author, musicologist, and self-described "marvelous realist" Alejo Carpentier's short story collection. Considered one of the great modern Latin American writers, Carpentier was a major influence on the Latin American Boom, particularly for his novel The Lost Steps (1953), and a progenitor of magical realism. Originally published in Cuba in 1963, this collection comprises five surrealistic stories exploring the nature of temporal experience, written from self-imposed exile during the 1940s and early 50s in Haiti, Europe, and the US. Translated by English author and Bloomsburyan Frances Partridge. Dust jacket designed by Muriel Nasser. Light toning along top edges of boards, else fine in unclipped dust jacket. Item #5735