Books by Alfred MacAdam

A UNIVERSAL HISTORY OF THE DESTRUCTION OF BOOKS by Fernando Báez
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 18, 2008

"A sobering reminder of just how deep-seated is the instinct to destroy other people's truths."
Venezuelan historian Báez spent what must have been 12 depressing years assembling this horrific chronicle of the centuries-long assault on human memory. Read full book review >
THE HERETIC by Miguel Delibes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2006

"More history lesson than stylish fiction. "
Spanish novelist Delibes (The Wars of Our Ancestors, 1992, etc.) fashions a poignant, although pale and rather bloated encomium to the early Reformation history of his hometown, Valladolid. Read full book review >
THE YEARS WITH LAURA DÍAZ by Carlos Fuentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A replete and readable portrayal of a fascinating character, and an all-around terrific novel."
A century's worth of Mexican culture and politics is observed through the prism of the life of the eponymous protagonist of this big novel, the most lucid and satisfying fiction of Fuentes's 40-year career (The Crystal Frontier, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
THE CRYSTAL FRONTIER by Carlos Fuentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

A sardonic tale about relations between the US and Mexico, by the latter country's acclaimed author of such cosmopolitan fictions as Terra Nostra (1976) and The Campaign (1991), among others. Read full book review >
DIANA by Carlos Fuentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"And unless it's simply a makeweight being used to fulfill a contractual obligation, it's hard to understand why Fuentes allowed it to be published."
A roman Ö clef distinguished, so to speak, by feet of the samenot to mention other bodily parts lubriciously (if not lovingly) described. Read full book review >
THE ORANGE TREE by Carlos Fuentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1994

"Exuberantly imaginative and unabashedly sensual, Fuentes, even when the conceits seem strained, never fails to entertain, instruct — and, yes, provoke."
Fuentes continues to interpret the clash between the Old and New Worlds with dazzling imaginative insight in five novellas that span a spectrum of eras and individuals. Read full book review >