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Myself with Others: Selected Essays Paperback – October 1, 1990

ISBN-13: 978-0374522377 ISBN-10: 0374522375

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  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374522375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374522377
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,183,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Here is Fuentes describing Prague: "There is no city more beautiful in Europe . . . its opulence and its sadness consume themselves in a wedding of stone and river." This Mexican novelist (Terra Nostra, A Change of Skin) turns out beautifully written essays in a musical, ever-shifting voice that registers his forays as "a wanderer in search of perspective." Dense pieces analyze Luis Bunuel's cinema of desire, Cervantes's Don Quixote, the "space-time continuum" of Diderot's novels, the sense of absence in Gogol and Gabriel Garcia Marquez's dark vision of Latin American history as cruel epic. In two revealing autobiographical essays, Fuentes hops from Washington, D.C., to Chile to Paris in quest of his literary mission. A meeting with novelist Milan Kundera, "the other K of Czechoslovakia" (a reference to Kafka), sparks Fuentes's thoughts on how to fight injustice without creating further injustice.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

This is a feast of ideas on a wide variety of subjects that include Gogol, Kundera, and Diderot as well as the Hispanic authors one might expectCervantes, Borges, and Garcia Marquez among them. Fuentes ranges from the cinema of his friend Bunuel, which he characterizes as one vast metaphor on the triumphs and defeats of people being with people, to his experiences as a diplomat's son in Washington, D.C. He recalls marveling at our boundless energy and innocence of military defeat. On Nicaragua, he pointedly asks why America is so impatient with a few years of Sandinismo when it was so tolerant of 45 years of Somocismo. Indeed, the wisdom that Fuentes proffers on the current political situation in Latin America is alone worth the price of the book. Jack Shreve, Allegany Community Coll., Cumberland, Md.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Enrique Torres VINE VOICE on February 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
I believe Carlos Fuentes to be the most brilliant Latin American writer of this century; hands down over his closest literary rivals Borges and Garcia Marquez. That in itself is no easy feat and that said, you must understand, reveals my impartial praise for his work(s).This book was published in the eighties so the themes that are often political are now oudated. This is a revealing book that is compromised of different essays Mr. Fuentes wrote, at different times, including the concluding essay at a Harvard Commencement. One of his favorite topics is included,Cervantes's "Don Quixote." This in itself is worth the price of the book alone as Mr. Fuentes tells the reader how to read the novel, that is not a novel to be read only once. He explains the story within the story and how it relates to modern literature. With the insights I learned from reading his assessment I will once again read "Don Quixote" and probably understand it much better. He goes on to discuss Diderot, Gogol, Garcia Marquez and Bunuel(will I ever look at his films in the same light?)and their relationship to literature.It is nothing short of fanatastic the way he weaves stories in and out without losing track of his original thought; he brings everything full circle. There are times when he leads you in his thought process to areas of esoteric darkness, where if you don't have the literary background to follow you will be lost. Have no fear though because before long Mr. Fuentes comes back to the original premise and continues on his masterful storytelling. Carlos Fuentes writes like some painters paint, he uses words or color to bring out his subject and points to the place where they almost walk off the pages or canvas. I can hardly believe that this book has never been reviewed as of this writing. Check it out if you like literature and brilliant writing; there is a reason why he has won the Cervantes Prize. Highly recommended.
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By Jeff Commissaris on May 17, 2013
Format: Paperback
Carlos Fuentes is an absolutely brilliant Latin American writer. I can imagine him finishing the writing of these essays, hammering away at a typewriter with one finger, while he bites his lip and talks aloud. I especially enjoyed, on top of his literary reviews, his essay at the end on relations between the United States and Latin America. Written during the period of the Cold War, he compares the pressure from the United States for Latin American countries to either "choose democracy or communism", without allowing them to grow into their own countries. He makes the point that without allowing countries to be free in their own right, and keep their history without interference from larger countries such as the United States, history will repeat itself and we will revert to barbarism. Fuente's writing is gripping, original, intelligent, and highly thought-provoking and I wish more people thought like him.
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