Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Carpentier vs. Carpentier (para la Reina)
Born: Lausane, Switzerland, December 26, 1904
Died: Paris, France, April, 24, 1980
Cuban novelist and musicologist. As a political exile in Paris between 1928 and 1939, Carpentier was strongly influenced by Antonin Artaud, Jacques Prévert, and the surrealists. Reflecting his deep commitment to revolutionary politics, his novels explore the irrational elements of the Latin American world, its rich variety of cultures, and the possibility of its magical transformation. Widely regarded as one of the greatest modern Latin American writers, Carpentier was also important as a theorist of the region’s literature and historian of its music. Among his works are Ecue-Yamba-O (1933), The Lost Steps (1953; tr. 1956), The Chase (1956; tr. 1989), The Kingdom of This World (1949, tr. 1957), The War of Time (1963, tr. 1970), Reasons of State (1974; tr. 1976), and The Harp and the Shadow (1979; tr. 1990).
Georges "The Orchid Man" Carpentier
Born: January 12, 1894; Lens, France
Died: October 28, 1975; Paris, France
Height: 5' 11.5"
Weight: 126-175 lbs.
Manager: Francois Deschamps, Jack Curley
Record: 88-14-6 (56 KO, 1 ND, 7 EX)
Carpentier was a very hard hitter for a man of his size; his punch was a "natural" gift and with it he was able to knock out much larger men; in addition to being a hard puncher, he was game and a taker of hard blows. He was a collector of boxing titles during his career -the Light Heavywight Championship of the World (during th teens), the Middleweight Championship of the World (as recognized by Europe), the Heavyweight Championship of Europe, the Heavyweight Championship of France, the Light Heavyweight Championship of France, the Light Heavyweight Championship of Europe and lots of more titles. He's been ranked the seventh All Time Light Hevyweight and was inducted to the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1964 and to the International Boxing hall of Fame in 1991.