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The Labyrinth of Solitude
Octavio Paz
080215042X
June 1985
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Book Review
First published in 1950, The Labyrinth of Solitude addresses issues that are both seemingly eternal and resoundingly contemporary: the nature of political power in post-conquest Mexico, the relation of Native Americans to Europeans, the ubiquity of official corruption. Noting these matters earned Paz no small amount of trouble from the Mexican leadership, but it also brought him renown as a social critic. Paz, who went on to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, later voiced his disillusionment with all political systems--as the Mexican proverb has it, "all revolutions degenerate into governments"--but his call for democracy in this book has lately been reverberating throughout Mexico, making it timely once again.

From Library Journal
Originally issued in 1962, The...


My Life with the Wave
Mark Buehner
0060562005
Mar 2004
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 4. When a boy brings a wave home from vacation, he is crestfallen to discover that his new friend's capricious nature. This story undulates with imagery-rich language and buoyant paintings. Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Based on a story by Octavio Paz, this picture book has an odd plot indeed; a boy bonds with a wave at the beach and takes it---actually, her, according to the book---home as a liquid pet, until the onset of winter storms makes her unruly and re-quires her return to the sea. What makes this personification successful where so many others fail is its bold straightforwardness: the wave is treated with a certain...


Octavio Paz
Harold Bloom (Editor)
0791063348
February 2002
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From School Library Journal
Grade 11 Up-The essays collected here are intense and a bit esoteric but then so is the subject, so readers attracted to one should definitely find their way to the other. Bloom's introduction focuses on Paz's two major prose works: The Labyrinth of Solitude and Sor Juana, or, the Traps of Faith, but the majority of the 11 scholarly articles deal primarily with his poetry. This volume does touch on many of the versatile writer's concerns, from the nature of modern poetics and the influence of Spanish imperialism on the Mexican character, to the existential search for a new (nonreligious) form of holiness. However, the sophisticated nature of these essays, their approach to Paz's work, and the technical language they sometimes use (occasionally the writers stray into grad school/lit-crit jargon) will be a bit...


In Light of India
Octavio Paz
0151002223
Mar 1997
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Book Review
Anyone who knows India, or simply dreams of her, will find Octavio Paz's fascinating new book In Light of India spellbinding. Paz was Mexico's Ambassador to India from 1962 until 1968; during his six years in that ancient and multicultural country, he befriended poets, politicians, and ordinary Indians, and soaked up quite a bit of India's history and tragedy in the process. The eleven essays collected here are framed by an introduction and a farewell, and divided among three sections entitled "Religions, Castes, Languages," "A Project of Nationhood," and "The Full and the Empty." In each, Paz weaves the strands of religion, art, culture, and politics as he takes the reader on a tour of India's past and present. Paz writes with great authority on a variety of subjects, from architecture and poetry to the history of...


In Light of India: Essays
Octavio Paz
0156005786
April 1998
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Book Review
Uncertainty stalks Octavio Paz. In Light of India is Paz's return to issues addressed in his poems of India that were inspired by his residence there three decades earlier. The paradoxes of a troubled nation are persistent, and Paz revisits the unfathomable facets of India with an eye on his Mexican homeland. Beneath the sensuous veneer of modern India lies a complex lattice of religious tendrils that reach into and influence Indian history, society, literature, and art. Paz follows these tendrils as well as anyone can, piecing together a nation of beauty, profundity, and enigma. Profundity aside, if Paz were writing about dust particles, he'd be worth reading.

From Library Journal
The Nobel laureate and ambassador to India in the Sixties, Paz infuses these three essays on...


El Laberinto de la Soledad y Otras Obras
Octavio Paz
0140258833
November 1997
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Language Notes
Text: Spanish --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


Itinerary
Octavio Paz
0151005621
Nov 2000
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From Publishers Weekly
"I am not writing my memoirs," claims Nobel laureate Paz in this posthumously published autobiographical essay, though in charting the development of his political convictions, the Mexican poet and writer furnishes readers with a rich history of his intellectual life. Though he was born into a privileged family in the early years of the Mexican Revolution, a brief period spent in Los Angeles when his Zapatista father was forced to flee the country gave Paz a taste of what it was like to be an outsider. Perhaps as a result, international Communism attracted him as a young man, and he enthusiastically supported the movement until Stalin's excesses forced him to make a painful break with youthful ideals and friends like Communist stalwart Pablo Neruda. Paz's belief that there is a fundamental difference between...


It's All in the Frijoles: One Hundred Famous Latinos Share Real Life Stories, Timed Tested Dichos, Favorite Folktales and Inspiring Words of Wisdom
Yolanda Nava
0684849003
May 2000
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From Publishers Weekly
Emmy-award-winning journalist Nava has produced a collection of poems, old sayings, personal stories, folktales and short quotations drawn from an eclectic array of sources that is guaranteed to be a constant resource for parents who wish to instruct their children in traditional virtues. ("Blood is inherited," Nava's mother told her, "but virtue is acquired.") Divided into chapters with titles such as Responsibility, Respect, Hard Work, Faith, Courage, Justice and Chastity, each section features a host of historical figures, contemporary writers, directors, producers, political figures, artists, actors and entrepreneurs--a veritable who's who of international Latinos that demonstrates the immense influence of this group on American culture. Laced through it all is Nava's commentary on her own life, which, coming...


The Other Voice
Octavio Paz
015170449X
Nov 1991
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From Library Journal
In these seven essays, written from 1976 to 1989 and first collected in Spanish in 1990, Nobel Prize-winner and outstanding Mexican poet and critic Paz continues the ideas set forth in his earlier political theory works, The Bow and the Lyre ( LJ 2/1/74) and especially Children of the Mire ( LJ 6/15/74). Embracing a universal body of literature, this poetic manifesto defends the social, civic, and political function of poetry in present-day society: "If human beings forget poetry, they will forget themselves." As the noblest of the arts, poetry is ecumenical ("the visions of a presence that reconciles the two halves of the globe") and permanent ("Technology changes but the arts endure"). Fascinating, absorbing pieces by an ardent apologist for poetry. Highly recommended.- Lawrence Olszewski, OCLC, Dub lin,...


Itinerary: An Intellectual Journey
Octavio Paz
0156010712
November 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
"I am not writing my memoirs," claims Nobel laureate Paz in this posthumously published autobiographical essay, though in charting the development of his political convictions, the Mexican poet and writer furnishes readers with a rich history of his intellectual life. Though he was born into a privileged family in the early years of the Mexican Revolution, a brief period spent in Los Angeles when his Zapatista father was forced to flee the country gave Paz a taste of what it was like to be an outsider. Perhaps as a result, international Communism attracted him as a young man, and he enthusiastically supported the movement until Stalin's excesses forced him to make a painful break with youthful ideals and friends like Communist stalwart Pablo Neruda. Paz's belief that there is a fundamental difference between...


The Double Flame
Octavio Paz
0156003651
June 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
Nobel laureate Paz presents a humanist examination of the roles played by love and eros in modern life and society. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
Originally published in Spanish (La llama doble, amor y erotismo, 1993), this work by the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature (1990) consists of reflections on the diverse manifestations of sex, eroticism, and love from ancient to contemporary times. Definitions are given: "Sex is the primordial source. Eroticism and love are forms derived from the sexual instinct: crystallizations, sublimations, perversions, and condensations which transform sexuality." From Plato and the great civilizations of antiquity to the modern period (including an examination of medieval courtly love and side...


Octavio Paz: A Meditation
Ilan Stavans
0816520909
February 2002
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Book Description
In this small, memorable meditation on Octavio Paz as a thinker and man of action, Ilan Stavans-described by the Washington Post as "one of our foremost cultural critics"-ponders the Nobel Prize laureate's intellectual courage against the ideological tapestry of his epoch and shows us what lessons can be learned from him. Stavans explores such topics as the crossroads where literature and politics meet, the place of criticism in society, and Mexico's difficult quest to come to terms with its own history.

From the Inside Flap
Octavio Paz: Nobel Prize winner, author of The Labyrinth of Solitude and The Traps of Faith, precursor and pathfinder, a guiding light of the Mexican intelligentsia in the twentieth century. In this small, memorable meditation on Octavio Paz as a thinker...


From Art to Politics: Octavio Paz and the Pursuit of Freedom
Yvon Grenier
0742511286
December 2001
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Book Description
This book offers an analysis of Paz's political thought, arguing that it is rooted in two separate and often antagonistic traditions, Liberalism and Romanticism. Grenier shows that Paz's political thought is best approached not so much by looking at the specific positions Paz took in the issues of his day, but rather by uncovering the core values at the heart of Paz's political philosophy. From Art to Politics gives not only a better understanding of Paz's thought, but also a discussion of the political culture and democratization of Mexico.

About the Author
Yvon Grenier is professor of political science at St. Francis Xavier University.


La noche de Tlatelolco: Testimonios de historia oral (Massacre in Mexico)
Elena Poniatowska
9684114257
February 2003
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Convergences
Octavio Paz
0156225867
June 1991
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From Publishers Weekly
This collection of essays by a 1990 Nobelist explores how cultures collide or converge. According to PW, the U.S. ``ethic of hygiene,'' Marxism-as-religion in Latin America and the influence of Japanese culture on Hispano-American writing are among the myriad of subjects examined here. Copyright 1991 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Book Description
Engrossing essays that reflect the author?s vast and subtle knowledge of the world. Topics range from the religious rites of the Aztecs to modern american painting, from Eastern art and religion to love and eroticism. Translated by Helen Lane.

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In Search of the Present
Octavio Paz
0156445565
June 1991
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Book Description
The speech delivered by Paz in acceptance of the 1990 Nobel Prize for Literature, in which he discusses gratitude, separateness, and modernity. Published in a handsome bilingual edition. Translated by Anthony Stanton.

Language Notes
Text: English, Spanish (translation)
Original Language: Spanish


The Invention of Morel
Adolfo Bioy Casares
1590170571
August 2003
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Book Description
Jorge Luis Borges declared The Invention of Morel a masterpiece of plotting, comparable to The Turn of The Screw and Journey to the Center of the Earth. Set on a mysterious island, Bioy's novella is a story of suspense and exploration, as well as a wonderfully unlikely romance, in which every detail is at once crystal clear and deeply mysterious.

Inspired by Bioy Casares's fascination with the movie star Louise Brooks, The Invention of Morel has gone on to live a secret life of its own. Greatly admired by Julio Cortázar, Gabriel García Márquez, and Octavio Paz, the novella helped to usher in Latin American fiction's now famous postwar boom. As the model for Alain Resnais and Alain Robbe-Grillet's Last Year in Marienbad, it also changed the history of film.

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