“Coabana” is the first in a series of novels dedicated to Alejo Carpentier, an extraordinary character who was, at various times, a journalist, writer and musicologist, also working in radio and film.
After the uncertainty of his Cuban birth, a rebellious youth, a stay in prison and his flight from Cuba organized by Robert Desnos, come his chance meetings, loves and, above all, true friendships: André Malraux, Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Queneau, Diego Rivera, Pablo Picasso, Federico Garcia Lorca… They are all here and with them, the world.
There is also his father’s abandonment, the misery, the exile, the literary commentaries, the recklessness of the times punctuated by rumbas in Paris between the wars, the rise of fascism and anti-Semitism, the political commitment and, at last, the return to the country.
Jean-Louis Coatrieux is an author of essays, novels, short stories and collections of poetry (published by Apogée, La Part Commune and Riveneuve). He has notably written Xiaoling. Nouvelles de Chine (Apogée, 2016)
and Alejo Carpentier, de la Bretagne à Cuba (Apogée, 2017).
Key Sales Points
– A fascinating excursion into the life of the Cuban writer, Alejo Carpentier.
– An extraordinary journey from the Caribbean to the Europe of the Roaring Twenties.
– A myriad of references to legendary artists.