The Labyrinth of Solitude

And the Other Mexico ; Return to the Labyrinth of Solitude ; Mexico and the United States ; The Philanthropic Ogre
Author: Octavio Paz
Publisher: Grove Press
ISBN: 9780802150424
Category: History
Page: 398
View: 3755
Examines Mexican character and culture, pre-Columbian societies, and relations between Mexico and the United States

Down the Rabbit Hole

A Novel
Author: Juan Pablo Villalobos
Publisher: FSG Originals
ISBN: 0374709033
Category: Fiction
Page: 96
View: 8529
"A brief and majestic debut." —Matías Néspolo, El Mundo Tochtli lives in a palace. He loves hats, samurai, guillotines, and dictionaries, and what he wants more than anything right now is a new pet for his private zoo: a pygmy hippopotamus from Liberia. But Tochtli is a child whose father is a drug baron on the verge of taking over a powerful cartel, and Tochtli is growing up in a luxury hideout that he shares with hit men, prostitutes, dealers, servants, and the odd corrupt politician or two. Long-listed for The Guardian First Book Award, Down the Rabbit Hole, a masterful and darkly comic first novel, is the chronicle of a delirious journey to grant a child's wish.

Distant Neighbors

A Portrait of the Mexicans
Author: Alan Riding
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 030779380X
Category: History
Page: 432
View: 7327
A study of Mexico - political, social, cultural, economic - by a journalist who was for the past 6 years the NYT bureau chief in Mexico City. With portraits of Mexico's top leaders, about a nation whose stability is vital to our national well-being. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Cambridge History of Latin America

Author: Leslie Bethell
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521495943
Category: History
Page: 645
View: 940
This volume discusses trends in twentieth-century Latin American literature, philosophy, art, music, and popular culture.

Alternating Current

Author: Octavio Paz
Publisher: Skyhorse
ISBN: 1628721685
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 226
View: 6767
In its front-page review of Alternating Current, The New York Times Book Review called Octavio Paz “an intellectual literary one-man band” for his ability to write incisively and with dazzling originality about a wide range of subjects. This collection of his essays is divided into three parts. Part 1 sets forth his credo as an artist and poet, steeped in his knowledge of world literature and Mexican art and history and buttressed by readings of writers from Mexican poet Luis Cernuda to D. H. Lawrence, Malcolm Lowry, André Breton, and Carlos Fuentes. Part 2 deals with themes such as Western individualism versus plurality and flux in Eastern philosophy, atheism versus belief, nihilism, liberated man, and versions of paradise. In Part 3, Paz writes of politics and ethics in essays on revolt and revolution, existentialism, Marxism, the third world, and the new face of Latin America. A scintillating thinker and a prescient voice on emerging world culture, Paz reveals himself here as “a man of electrical passions, paradoxical visions, alternating currents of thoughts, and feeling that runs hot but never cold” (Christian Science Monitor).

The Years with Laura Diaz

Author: Carlos Fuentes
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408837617
Category: Fiction
Page: 528
View: 721
Like Fuentes's masterpiece THE DEATH OF ARTEMIO CRUZ, the action in this new novel begins in the state of Veracruz and moves to Mexico City. Now the principal figure Fuentes's first female protagonist, the extraordinary Laura Díaz. From 1905 to 1978 Fuentes traces Laura Díaz; a life filled with a multitude of witty, heartbreaking scenes and the sounds and colours, tastes and scents of Mexico. Laura grows into a politically committed artist who is also a wife and mother, a lover of great men, and a complicated and alluring heroine whose bravery prevails despite her losing a brother, son, and grandson to the darkest forces of Mexico's turbulent, often corrupt politics. Hers is a life which has helped to affect the course of history, and it is the story of a woman who has loved and understood with unflinching honesty.

Death and the Idea of Mexico

Author: Claudio Lomnitz
Publisher: Zone Books (NY)
ISBN: 9781890951542
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 581
View: 7382
The history of Mexico's fearless intimacy with death--the elevation of death to the center of national identity.

The Poems of Octavio Paz

Author: Octavio Paz
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
ISBN: 081122757X
Category: Poetry
Page: 624
View: 5230
Now in paperback, the definitive, life-spanning, bilingual edition of the poems by the Nobel Prize laureate The Poems of Octavio Paz is the first retrospective collection of Paz’s poetry to span his entire writing career from his first published poem, at age seventeen, to his magnificent last poem. This landmark bilingual edition contains many poems that have never been translated into English before, plus new translations based on Paz’s final revisions. Assiduously edited by Eliot Weinberger—who has been translating Paz for over forty years—The Poems of Octavio Paz also includes translations by the poet-luminaries Elizabeth Bishop, Paul Blackburn, Denise Levertov, Muriel Rukeyser, and Charles Tomlinson. Readers will also find Weinberger’s capsule biography of Paz, as well as notes on many poems in Paz’s own words, taken from various interviews he gave throughout his long and singular life.

Uncivil Wars

Elena Garro, Octavio Paz, and the Battle for Cultural Memory
Author: Sandra Messinger Cypess
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 0292737777
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 247
View: 6100
The first English-language book to place the works of Elena Garro (1916–1998) and Octavio Paz (1914–1998) in dialogue with each other, Uncivil Wars evokes the lives of two celebrated literary figures who wrote about many of the same experiences and contributed to the formation of Mexican national identity but were judged quite differently, primarily because of gender. While Paz’s privileged, prize-winning legacy has endured worldwide, Garro’s literary gifts garnered no international prizes and received less attention in Latin American literary circles. Restoring a dual perspective on these two dynamic writers and their world, Uncivil Wars chronicles a collective memory of wars that shaped Mexico, and in turn shaped Garro and Paz, from the Conquest period to the Mexican Revolution; the Spanish Civil War, which the couple witnessed while traveling abroad; and the student massacre at Tlatelolco Plaza in 1968, which brought about social and political changes and further tensions in the battle of the sexes. The cultural contexts of machismo and ethnicity provide an equally rich ground for Sandra Cypess’s exploration of the tandem between the writers’ personal lives and their literary production. Uncivil Wars illuminates the complexities of Mexican society as seen through a tense marriage of two talented, often oppositional writers. The result is an alternative interpretation of the myths and realities that have shaped Mexican identity, and its literary soul, well into the twenty-first century.


A Global Studies Handbook
Author: James Douglas Huck
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1851099824
Category: History
Page: 399
View: 5654
"Mexico: A Global Studies Handbook" is an ideal introduction to the United States' southern neighbor for students, travelers, businesspeople, or other interested readers. It debunks a variety of myths and misconceptions that have evolved over time, clarifying the realities of both historic and contemporary Mexico. "Mexico" offers an authoritative yet engaging tour of Mexican history and geography, as well its current economic and business climate, governmental structure, popular culture, and society. It also provides an alphabetically organized "mini-encyclopedia" for quick access to information on notable Mexican people, places, and events. Together, these sections provide everything readers need to understand Mexico's pre-Colombian origins, colonial legacies of dependence and Westernization, and its continuing efforts to craft a national identity.

Ideas and Ideologies in Twentieth-Century Latin America

Author: Leslie Bethell
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521468336
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 411
View: 5045
The Cambridge History of Latin America is a large scale, collaborative, multi-volume history of Latin America spanning the five hundred years between the late fifteenth century to the present. Ideas and Ideologies of Latin America since 1870 brings together chapters from Volumes IV, VI, and IX of The Cambridge History to provide in one volume the economic, social and political ideologies of Latin America since 1870. This will be useful for both teachers and students of Latin American history and of contemporary Latin America.

The Collected Poems of Octavio Paz, 1957-1987

Author: Octavio Paz,Eliot Weinberger
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
ISBN: 9780811211734
Category: Poetry
Page: 669
View: 6401
This landmarked bilingual edition gathers all the poetry the 1990 Nobel Laureate has published in book form since 1957, the year his long poem "Sunstone"--her translated anew--made its first appearance. Included are the complete texts of "Days and Occasions", "Solo for Two Voices", "A Drift of Shadows", "East Slope", "Toward the Beginning", and more; plus Paz's most recent collection, A Tree Within.

The Labyrinth of Solitude and Other Writings

Author: Octavio Paz
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780802150424
Category: Indians of Central America
Page: 398
View: 8131
The prominent Mexican author addresses many issues relevant to modern Mexico, including the nature of political power in post-conquest Mexico, the relation of Native Americans to Europeans, and the ubiquity of official corruption.

Mornings in Mexico

Author: D.H. Lawrence
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
ISBN: 3846005495
Page: 188
View: 7427
Reprint of the original, first published in 1927.

Selected Poems

Author: Octavio Paz,Eliot Weinberger,G. Aroul
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
ISBN: 9780811208994
Category: Poetry
Page: 147
View: 9985
Poems deal with death, nature, the past, art, perception, love, travel, communication, and truth

The Everlasting Man

Author: G. K. Chesterton
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486117383
Category: Religion
Page: 288
View: 5013
Chesterton's view of Christianity — as a blend of philosophy and mythology, satisfying intellect and spirit — applies to his brilliant book, which appeals to readers' heads as well as their hearts.

The Edge of the Storm

Author: Agustín Yáñez
Publisher: Austin, U. Of Texas P
ISBN: 9780292732216
Category: Fiction
Page: 332
View: 322

Pedro Páramo : a Novel about Mexico

Author: Juan Rulfo
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780802131195
Category: Mexico
Page: 123
View: 4377
Beseeched by his dying mother to locate his father, Pedro Paramo, whom they fled from years ago, Juan Preciado sets out for Comala. Comala is a town alive with whispers and shadows - a place seemingly populated only by memory and hallucinations. Built on the tyranny of the Paramo family, its barren and broken-down streets echo the voices of tormented spirits sharing the secrets of the past. First published to both critical and popular acclaim in 1955, Pedro Paramo represented a distinct break with earlier, largely "realist" novels from Latin America. Rulfo's entrancing mixture of vivid sensory images, violent passions, and inexplicable sorcery - a style that has come to be known as "magical realism" - has exerted a profound influence on subsequent Latin American writers.