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Aura

Aura Description:

Felipe Montero is employed in the house of an aged widow to edit her deceased husband s memoirs There Felipe meets her beautiful green eyed niece Aura His passion for Aura and his gradual discovery of the true relationship between the young woman and her aunt propel the story to its extraordinary conclusion

Rating: 3.55 out of 5

The Death of Artemio Cruz

The Death of Artemio Cruz Description:

Hailed as a masterpiece since its publication in i The Death of Artemio Cruz i is Carlos Fuentes s haunting voyage into the soul of modern Mexico Its acknowledged place in Latin American fiction and its appeal to a fresh generation of readers have warranted this new translation by Alfred Mac Adam translator with the author of Fuentes s i Christopher Unborn i br br As in all his fiction but perhaps most powerfully in this book Fuentes is a passionate guide to the ironies of Mexican history the burden of its past and the anguish of its present

Rating: 3.43 out of 5

The Old Gringo

The Old Gringo Description:

One of Carlos Fuentes s greatest works i The Old Gringo i tells the story of Ambrose Bierce the American writer soldier and journalist and of his last mysterious days in Mexico living among Pancho Villa s soldiers particularly his encounter with General Tomas Arroyo In the end the incompatibility of the two countries or paradoxically their intimacy claims both men in a novel that is most of all about the tragic history of two cultures in conflict

Rating: 3.50 out of 5

La región más transparente

La región más transparente Description:

Fue la primera novela de Fuentes la que le abri todas las puertas posibles Inventario de la sociedad mexicana es tambi n una suerte de versi n vanguardista de la Comedia Humana en la que a trav s de un curioso mapa de linajes se representan mundos y submundos entrelazados La ciudad de M xico emerge en su moderna complejidad y la escritura nos proporciona una cartograf a de la red social que este mundo teje En este texto polif nico y abigarrado el autor demuestra que la b squeda de la identidad no est re ida con la cr tica m s severa Las t cnicas empleadas cambiaron el rumbo de la narrativa mexicana Por ello muchas veces se la menciona como la primera obra del boom

Rating: 3.70 out of 5

Terra Nostra

Terra Nostra Description:

Perhaps the most ambitious novel from one of Mexico s greatest writers the narrative covers centuries of European and American culture and prominently features the construction of El Escorial by Philip II The title is Latin for Our earth Modeled on James Joyce s Finnegans Wake Terra Nostra shifts unpredictably between the sixteenth century and the twentieth seeking the roots of contemporary Latin American society in the struggle between the conquistadors and indigenous Americans br br Terra Nostra is the spreading out of the novel the exploration of its possibilities the voyage to the edge of what only a novelist can see and say Milan Kundera

Rating: 3.57 out of 5

Los años con Laura Díaz

Los años con Laura Díaz Description:

Laura Diaz is a passionate character intimately connected to many historical events Through her story Fuentes writes the journal of the Mexican twentieth century supporting his novel with facts and characters that define the shape of today s Mexico

Rating: 3.77 out of 5

Vlad

Vlad Description:

Piensas que todo est bien Eres feliz Entonces tu jefe te encarga un trabajo extraoficial nada muy complicado se trata solamente de conseguir una casa para un exc ntrico conde rumano Una casa cerca de una barranca Y cuando crees que has terminado con tu labor te das cuenta de que tu pesadilla en esa casa de ventanas tapiadas y sin espejos apenas comienza La sangre es tan roja hoy como hace cinco siglos tan dulce en la Ciudad de M xico como en la lejana Rumania

Rating: 3.43 out of 5

The Crystal Frontier

The Crystal Frontier Description:

From Mexico s preeminent man of letters a Balzacian novel in nine masterly stories Vanity Fair that explores the uneven and painful meshing of two North american cultures Washington Post Book World A New York Times Notable Book of the Year A Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year Translated by Alfred Mac Adam br

Rating: 3.27 out of 5

The Eagle's Throne

The Eagle's Throne Description:

Here is a true literary event the long awaited new novel by Carlos Fuentes one of the world s great writers By turns a tragedy and a farce an acidic black comedy and an indictment of modern politics The Eagle s Throne is a seriously entertaining and perceptive story of international intrigue sexual deception naked ambition and treacherous betrayal br In the near future at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council Mexico s idealistic president has dared to vote against the U S occupation of Colombia and Washington s refusal to pay OPEC prices for oil Retaliation is swift Concocting a glitch in a Florida satellite America s president cuts Mexico s communications systems no phones faxes or e mails and plunges the country into an administrative nightmare of colossal proportions br br Now despite the motto that a Mexican politician never puts anything in writing people have no choice but to communicate through letters which Fuentes crafts with a keen understanding of man s motives and desires As the blizzard of activity grows more and more complex political adversaries come out to prey The ineffectual president his scheming cabinet secretary a thuggish and ruthless police chief and an unscrupulous sensual kingmaker are just a few of the fascinating characters maneuvering and jockeying for position to achieve the power they all so desperately crave br br br i From the Hardcover edition i

Rating: 3.29 out of 5

The Good Conscience

The Good Conscience Description:

i The Good Conscience i is Carlos Fuentes s second novel The scene is Guanajuato a provincial capital in Central Mexico once one of the world s richest mining centers The Ceballos family has been reinstated to power and adolescent Jaime Ceballos its only heir is torn between the practical reality of his family s life and the idealism of his youth and his Catholic education His father is a good man but weak his uncle is powerful yet his actions are inconsistent with his professed beliefs Jaime s struggle to emerge as a man with a good conscience forms the theme of the book can a rebel correct the evils of an established system and at the same time retain the integrity of his principles

Rating: 3.53 out of 5