Carpentier, Alejo EXPLOSION IN A CATHEDRAL
London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1963. First edition in English, first printing. Translated by John Sturrock. Hardcover. Fine, in gilt-lettered pale magenta boards; in an age-darkened (especially to spine panel), lightly worn, printed dust jacket.
Swashbuckling tale set in the the Caribbean world at the time of the French revolution. "A tour de force."--NY Times. The Cuban-born novelist was the first to apply the term "magic realism"-- "lo real maravilloso"--to Latin American literature.