Destiny and Desire (Hardcover)

Author: Fuentes, Carlos

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Winner of the Cervantes Prize. One of the world''s most acclaimed authors is at the height of his powers in this stunning new novel--a magnificent epic of passion, magic, and desire in modern Mexico, a rich and remarkable tapestry set in a world where free will fights with the wishes of the gods.


Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9781400068807
SKU 215408453
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 1400068800
Release Date 1/4/2011
Dimensions (in Inches) 9.75H x 6.75L x 1.75T
Author Info
Edith Grossman
Edith Grossman is a noted translator of Latin American writers, including Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Alvaro Mutis. She has won various awards, including the ALTA translation award, a Fulbright fellowship, and a Woodrow Wilson fellowship.
Carlos Fuentes is one of Mexico's leading writers, known for his experimental novels and his social criticism. A lawyer by training, Fuentes published his first work, a collection of surrealist short stories, in 1954. The interaction of myth and history has been an important theme in his work. Fuentes is also the author of two absurdist plays, and collections of essays on American and Mexican writing and art.
Carlos Fuentes was among the most respected writers in the Spanish-speaking world. The son of a Mexican diplomat, he was born in Panama and moved frequently throughout South America during his childhood, depending on where his father was posted. In 1936 the family moved to Washington, D.C., and during his four years there, Fuentes learned to speak English fluently. He later struggled, he told interviewers, with deciding "whether to write in the language of my father or the language of my teachers," but he ultimately chose Spanish because English had "a long and uninterrupted literary tradition [and] did not need one more writer." Although his parents were supportive of his desire to become an author, they also suggested that he study law as a backup. He took that advice and, like his father, entered Mexico's diplomatic service upon his graduation. Still, he found time to write, and his first novel, WHERE THE AIR IS CLEAR, was published when he was 30 years old. It met with great acclaim, and in the wake of that success Fuentes left his diplomatic job to write on a full-time basis. Over the course of his career he penned several novels, plays, short stories and pieces of nonfiction, and he was a major force in a movement known as El Boom, a resurgence of Latin American literature that took place in the 1960s and ?70s. Among his most widely praised books is THE DEATH OF ARTEMIO CRUZ (1962), in which an aging newspaper publisher looks back on his rise from poverty and participation in the Mexican Revolution. Although Fuentes never closely allied himself with a particular political party, preferring instead to maintain an ideology based on human rights and social justice, the U.S. government considered him a leftist, and in 1963 he was denied permission to enter the country. Members of Congress intervened, and by the end of the decade the ban had been lifted. Fuentes later taught at several American Universities, and in 1985 his novel, THE OLD GRINGO, became the first book by a Mexican writer to reach the best-seller lists in the U.S. (It was made into a film starring Gregory Peck in 1989.) Fuentes's many honors included the prestigious Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's highest literary honor, and he was repeatedly on the shortlist for the Nobel Prize.
"A compelling novel by one of the masters of contemporary fiction." (starred review)
"The great Fuentes' latest novel...not only reasserts the continued livelihood of magic realism long after its advent in Latin American fiction in the 1970s but also reaffirms the sheer livelihood of that wondrous characteristic when handled as provocatively as it is here."
"This grand operatic fantasia is a book that's by turns comic and cosmic; erotic and sinister; mythological, theological and scatological; darkly satirical and poetically tragic."
"DESTINY AND DESIRE is a novel that sprawls and circles, not exactly a parody of WAR AND PEACE, but certainly a spectral, playful revision of the idea of a novel that competes with history. It offers lavish quantities of comedy, satire, allegory, fantasy and brilliant political commentary...evokes the work of Spinoza and Machiavelli; includes ghosts, graves, murders, a voluble flying prophet and a talking severed head."
From the Publisher
Editors Note Set apart from their peers by a shared philosophical curiosity, Mexican orphans Josué and Jericó take high-power jobs after college and are exposed to a complex web of corruption that forces them to evaluate their perspectives on free will. By Mexico's National Prize in Literature-winning author of The Death of Artemio Cruz.
Annotation In a wide-ranging epic that pairs two impoverished Mexican orphans as spiritual "twins" then lifts them to the heights of the political-industrial pyramid, Carlos Fuentes critiques an increasingly technological view of satisfaction. Fuentes outdoes his considerable achievements as a novelist with a mass of incredible characters who fill his fictionalized Mexico with seduction, corruption, and prophecy. Told from the afterlife by one of the boys, the duo's hopeful paths get twisted by corporate and government influencers hatching fantastic plots to exploit the needy population. But the magic of flight and a promise in ancient traditions lifts DESTINY AND DESIRE from the drain of its deadly villains.
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0415
Publisher Random House
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