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Other References to Carpentier in Literary Works

Carpentier’s name is mentioned in passing in a number of distinguished works of literature. Among others, see:

Orio Vergani’s Io, povero Negro/Poor Nigger (1929) is clearly based on the story of Battling Siki, including a description of a fight that closely resembles Carpentier-Siki.

James T. Farrell’s Young Lonigan (1932) (“the frog Carpentier”).

Guillermo Cabrera Infante’s Tres Tristes Tigres/Three Trapped Tigers (1965) (“There is also Georges Carpentier, the violet or orchid or rose of the ring.”).

Georges Perec’s La Vie: Mode d’emploi/Life: A User’s Manual (1978) (a reference to Carpentier’s boxing gloves in one of Perec’s famous lists).

Sébastien Japrisot’s La Passion des femmes (1986) (the madam of a brothel mentions that she hasn’t seen the “house” close before making its nightly quota since the night of the Carpentier-Dempsey fight).