Search Results: "Carlos Zanón"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BARCELONA BROTHERS by Carlos Zanón
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"The writing is strong, but this is not an easy book to like. If you aren't averse to a dose or three of gloom, give it a shot."
A dark, nihilistic novel evoking the spirit of Dostoevsky. Read full book review >

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CITY-STATE DARK by Carlos
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"A taut and mostly effective sci-fi thriller with two very good heroes and an engaging villain."
Rebels fight the state in a world changed by unnatural disaster in Carlos' (Water on the Moon, 2010, etc.) sci-fi tale. Read full book review >

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A SEASON TO BEE by Carlos Aponte
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Little fashion bugs deserve better. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Fashion Week starring insects. 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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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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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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MYSELF WITH OTHERS by Carlos Fuentes
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 1, 1998

"For all its gloss and sophisticated reach, then, a minor, disappointing book."
The scope of Fuentes' essays is attractively broad—from two elegant pieces of writerly autobiography to long discursions on Gogol, Diderot, Cervantes, and Bunuel, to an admonitory Harvard commencement address on the evils of US insensitivity to Latin America. Read full book review >

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THE SITE by Carlos Valrand
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 25, 2013

"An uneven sci-fi thriller with a classical feel."
Valrand's surreal debut sci-fi thriller ties the mysterious dreams of a timid British schoolteacher to the guns-blazing action of an international conspiracy. Read full book review >

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THE HYDRA HEAD by Carlos Fuentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 1978

"A bumpy ride, then, serious but unsure of itself, neither smoothly entertaining nor genuinely provocative."
In marked contrast to Fuentes' last novel, the broad-keeled and mythic Terra Nostra, this is a spy mystery, a sort of object fable linking the subterranean and inherently puzzling Mexican character to shady, cloak-and-dagger goings-on. Read full book review >

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TEACHING PLATO IN PALESTINE by Carlos Fraenkel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2015

"Fresh, iconoclastic, stimulating debates."
A valiant attempt to provoke philosophical questions about identity and purpose in unlikely hotspots. Read full book review >