(1923 - 1998)
Geógrafo, espeleólogo y arqueólogo. Primer Presidente de la Academia de Ciencias de Cuba, Presidente fundador de la Federación Espeleológica de América Latina y el Caribe y de diversas sociedades científicas nacionales e internacionales.
Social Sciences and Humanities
2005 | Carpentier’s routes for a dialogue with the work of Valle-Inclán
Main executives entity: Arts and Writings Faculty, University of Havana
Main author: José Antonio Baujín Pérez

It is a result from a research that contributes in a significant way inside the frameworks of comparative literature, starting from a selected topic that had scarcely been approached by the studies of this sphere, inside the work exegesis of a first-ranking writer in Cuban culture.

The author considers transtextual approaches and focuses that stress the originality of his inquiry, at the same time that exploits intercultural bridges that evade the risks of colonialism in literary and research work. It does not only provide new knowledge in the study of the work of two great figures of Hispanic culture, but also confirms our great novelist's creative universality.

It is a text that has great excepcional nature inside Cuban Carpentier's studies and is remarkable inside the studies from Carpentier's work on a worldwide scale, with which Cuban national critic is not dropped behind, as was occurring so far, to the important European and North American exegeses dedicated to Alejo Carpentier and his work. The author’s contribution goes with the Cuban novelist’s hispanic integration, his strong bonds, not only with French but with Spanish culture, not in the way it have been maliciously exposed. The ancestry of Ramón del Valle Inclán in Alejo Carpentier’s education as a writer and his influence features throughout his work, are obvious and are a rich contribution to a better understanding of his great work. This is precisely the creative aspect of this work, the originality of realizing this detail which has been disregarded by other scholars of Carpentier’s work.

It is a deep investigation, full of confirmations and deductions on the matter that analyzes, and from which a result of high scientific level has been obtained. The bibliography is abundant, rigorous and up-to-date (sometimes unpublished). It is original because it is based on textuality or other similar concepts, which is one of the most modern tendencies as for the study of literary works, that is to say, to define the nexuses among diverse authors' texts and the influence of one on another.

The text makes solid contributions on transtextual and even intertextual studies in Cuba. The possible extension and the impact of this text go beyond Cuban environment and it can be an exegetic basic material for experts in these two authors, in any place of the world. Its sense of novelty, its writing quality and mainly its very solid scientific structure makes of this text a material of best critic and contemporary Cuban essayistic.