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The house where Cuba's greatest novelist, essayist, musicologist, poet, and all-purpose literato set his most famous work, El...
The house where Cuba's greatest novelist, essayist, musicologist, poet, and all-purpose literato set his most famous work, El Siglo de las Luces (The Century of the Lights), is now open as a museum, lecture hall, research facility, library, and cultural center. Alejo Carpentier (1904-80) began as a journalist and professor of music history at Havana's National Conservatory, and went on to publish La Musica en Cuba (Music in Cuba), El Arpa y la Sombra (The Harp and the Shadow), as well as musical scores, librettos, and poetry. The house itself, the Casa de la Condesa de la ReuniÃ³n, was built in 1809 and renovated in 1878. Classified as Cuban baroque, the building is trimmed in pastel "Havana blue" and has a simple facade and a graceful interior patio with painted ceramic tiles. The collection of Carpentier memorabilia includes his Olympia typewriter, the text he was working on the day before he died, American scholar Sally Harvey's study entitled Carpentier's Proustian Fiction, an interesting engraving of 18th-century Havana, and various manuscripts. COST: $2. Mon.-Sat. 9-5.