Search Results: "Carlos Fuentes"


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AURA by Carlos Fuentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1965

"Black on black, with all the accoutrements of the classic horror tale, this attains a fatalism that is the fullest realization of fantasy."
A novella by the author of Where the Air is Clear, The Good Conscience, and' The Death of Artemio Cruz finds him at brilliant dark play as he swiftly carries the horror to its proof and inevitable fulfillment. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1990

"Fuentes' fans may appreciate his wire-walking here, while others will be reminded of better things he's done."
This second collection (Burnt Water, 1980) of five long stories from Fuentes (Christopher Unborn, The Old Gringo, etc.) is full of sound, fury, and various linguistic innovations, as well as a sustained meditation on the relationship between art and life. Read full book review >

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CHRISTOPHER UNBORN by Carlos Fuentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1989

"Fuentes, sometimes too erudite for his own good, gets it together here—developing an inventive literary conceit into a multilayered meditation on the plight of contemporary Mexico."
A postmodern extravaganza narrated by a fetus: his conception on Twelfth Night begins the book and his birth on Columbus Day ends it, and in between those two events is a feast of language concerning a despoiled Mexico. Read full book review >

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DISTANT RELATIONS by Carlos Fuentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 1982

"So—though patient readers may find themselves gradually appreciating the meditative yet tough-minded approach here, the mode of ruminant distillation—this novel is one of Fuentes' less successful experiments: anemic when it attempts to be limpid and (even more so than usual with Fuentes) without the controlled craft to match its ambition."
Fuentes rarely sets an easy task for himself in his novels; usually, in fact, he takes on some sociological, political, or philosophical enormity. Read full book review >

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THE DEATH OF ARTEMIO CRUZ by Carlos Fuentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1964

"The publishers will support it accordingly."
Seventy-one years old, wasted and sick with a degrading intestinal affliction, Artemio Cruz lies in bed and remembers — remembers and lives while the priest administers extreme Unction. Read full book review >

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THE OLD GRINGO by Carlos Fuentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1985

"Excessively hectoring and deterministic, a book that's unusually soapy and obvious from a writer as often adroit as Fuentes."
Set during the era of the Villa uprising in Mexico, 1916, Fuentes' book tracks the mysterious passage made by cynic/satirist Ambrose Bierce, at age 71, into then very dangerous Mexico, the place where he wished to end his life: "But maybe he was carrying a different fear, one he voiced as he crossed the frontier: 'I'm afraid that each of us carries the real frontier inside.'" Bierce is a mass of regrets—mostly because the cavalier manner of his literary persona undermined his capacity for family love—and in Mexico he seeks a stark finale for his life, an expiation. Read full book review >

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TERRA NOSTRA by Carlos Fuentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1976

"The prose is incantatory but ultimately exhausting."
History and the dream interpenetrate in this outsized novel which summons into fevered, hallucinatory existence the Spain that conquered the author's native Mexico. Read full book review >

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CHANGE OF SKIN by Carlos Fuentes
Released: Jan. 22, 1967

"Assured critical attention."
Carlos Fuentes is Mexico's leading contemporary writer and this while probably his most ambitious novel, is also his most amorphous—lacking any narrative action to give definition to the inchoate flux of ideas, images, and endless memories of a past which is at time collective, at times personal. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 14, 1992

"Strictly an introduction to a complex subject, but, in its yearning and contradictions, an unusually revealing one."
A companion volume to an upcoming Discovery/BBC TV series, this passionate meditation on Hispanic cultural identity from Fuentes (Constancia, 1990, etc.) unfolds with all the color, urgency, and perhaps inevitable superficiality of a popular documentary. Read full book review >

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THE CAMPAIGN by Carlos Fuentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Exasperatingly expository and episodic—but, still, Fuentes manages to persuade us of the Spanish-American rationale for a continuing revolution and to explore (very unsystematically) the 'possibility of establishing a relationship with God through language."
With this first volume of a projected trilogy about 19th-century revolutionary Spanish America, the prolific Fuentes (Constancia, 1990; Christopher Unborn, 1989; etc.) offers a baggy, robust tale about a political kidnapping and its human consequences. Read full book review >

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BURNT WATER by Carlos Fuentes
Released: Oct. 1, 1980

"In general, however, stories are a less hospitable form for this writer than are novels, and the single ideas here mostly seem merely tantalizing, not a full measure."
Urbane stories—almost all set in Mexico City. Read full book review >

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WHERE THE AIR IS CLEAR by Carlos Fuentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 1960

"Written with a fervor that is both fierce and compassionate this is a complex, powerful novel of huge scope."
"In Mexico City there is never tragedy but only outrage", says the poetic and tormented voice of this tumultuous philosophical and political novel. Read full book review >