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Borges, Neruda, Paz, Garcia Marquez, Fuentes, Vargas Llosa--immortals here descend from the firmament of Latin American literature to converse with merely human interviewers for the Paris Review. The writers' voices--as Derek Wolcott acknowledges in his lively and perceptive introduction--generally sound less distinctive in these interviews than in their brilliant stories and poems. But some of the interviewers' questions still do strike revelatory sparks: Borges recalling the timidity with which he began his epoch-making storytelling; Paz confessing the despair and rage occasioned by the attacks of critics; Fuentes reliving the boyhood romance of reading Treasure Island. Beyond the glimpses into individual emotions and personalities, these interviews offer insights into the writers' philosophical and political views. Such views acquire particular piquancy when one writer wields his convictions against those of another: Neruda calls Borges a "dinosaur" because of his contrasting political beliefs; Paz, in turn, characterizes Neruda as a "Stalinist." But above the political polemics loom the works of the creative imagination, works that even political foes appreciate for their timeless luminosity. A valuable acquisition wherever Latin American literature has an audience. Bryce Christensen
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“What these interviews achieve in their essential courtesy is the hallowing of the craft by the writers whatever their stupid quarrels, whatever their superficial cynicisms. It is this secular sacredness that, hovering on the verge of translation, of being translated myself, made me grateful for the echo of the names Cortázar, Fuentes, Paz, García Márquez, in the house in Guadalajara where the ferocity of the flowers was an ignorance that these voices dispel.” —from the Introduction by Derek Walcott
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  • Series: Modern Library Paperbacks
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Library (March 18, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679773495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679773498
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
The Publishers Weekly review above states: "The sharp-witted Borges, who won the Nobel Prize on the strength of his stories, is just one of 11 writers featured in this absorbing collection of interviews". Well, PW should know better-Jorge Luis Borges did not win the famous Prize. But I must admit that this mistake is worthy of the humour of a Borgesian fantastic story ("so Borges DID receive the Award"). The great Borges himself would often joke about the prize by saying "it has become a yearly tradition for the Academy not to give it to me". This most-valuable book certainly is worth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HappyFeet on April 18, 2014
Format: Paperback
The Paris Review interviews are incredible, but you can print them as a PDF and have them all on your hard drive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erika Roliz on May 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
this is just such an amazing compilation of interviews with the finest latin american writers. it is perfect for writer's block because you can read it and become inspired to write! the wisdom of these men and women is genius and should be shared with all writers, no matter the heritage. a must.
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