Search Results: "Carlos Fuentes"


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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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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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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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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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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 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 >

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THIS I BELIEVE by Carlos Fuentes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 8, 2005

"Either way, This I Believe is full of pleasures. Whatever their setting, the most memorable of these pieces ably show why Fuentes has been so well regarded all these years."
An autumn-of-life exercise in taking stock by the renowned Mexican novelist and essayist (Inez, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE GREAT LATIN AMERICAN NOVEL by Carlos Fuentes
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 12, 2016

"A valedictory work full of erudition and heart."
The late, great Mexican novelist and critic (1928-2012) offers a personal history of the fiction he admired. Read full book review >

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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 >

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DESTINY AND DESIRE by Carlos Fuentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 2011

"A compelling novel by one of the masters of contemporary fiction."
A novel of substance about friendship, philosophy and politics set in the "thousand-headed hydra of Mexico City" from the prolific pen of distinguished man of letters Fuentes (The Death of Artemio Cruz, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE VINTAGE BOOK OF LATIN AMERICAN STORIES by Carlos Fuentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"Still, a very satisfying selection—and, at $14, a tremendous bargain."
A solid collection of 39 stories covering an approximate half-century's worth of fiction variously illustrative of the conflicting principles (cited in Fuentes's prefatory essay "The Storyteller") of "immediate effect" espoused by Argentinean Julio Cortázar and "interrelated narrative constellations" as practiced by his countryman Jorge Luis Borges. Read full book review >

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INEZ by Carlos Fuentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"'What was there between them,' Fuentes's narrator asks, 'that thwarted the continuation of what had been and prevented the occurrence of what never was?' If that makes sense to you, you'll probably enjoy Inez."
The power of music, and the passions aroused by the artistic impulse, are given inexplicably murky expression in this very odd, somewhat disappointing latest from Fuentes (The Years with Laura Díaz, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >