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Las Buenas Conciencias (Spanish) Paperback – June, 1998

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  • Series: Popular
  • Paperback: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Fondo de Cultura Económica (June 1998)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 9681603214
  • ISBN-13: 978-9681603212
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,666,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great description of Guanajuato by one of Mexico's best authors.
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Las Buenas Conciencias first appeared in 1959, after the resounding success of La Región Más Transparente (1958). For those who were longing to read another Fuentes' frenzied exercise of style, the new book turned out to be quite disappointing. The author tried to justify this "failure" by classifying his work as a cathartic novel, a very simplistic overview for such a complex narrative, where the rich intertextual strata interfere with the apparent linearity of fictional discourse.
From Benito Pérez Galdós' main works (Fornunata y Jancinta; Nazarín) Fuentes extracted some human profiles and existential experiences, besides, of course, the critical insight that lingers in spanish realism inheritance. Just as Pérez Galdós, Fuentes focuses his attention on the petit bourgeois evolution, but his Guanajuato is far from the tumultuous and transitionary life of that Madrid painted by the spanish writer in his books. We must say, however, that Fuentes succeeded in adapting Pérez Galdós' conceptions of an individual and a collective unconscious, through which fiction displays the struggle of two enduring forces: the dynamic of personal fantasy and the stagnation of social values that preshape reality.
Other intertextual instances contribute to the formation of a new Jaime Ceballos. Rosseau's Confessions, the Mémorial de Sainte Hélene, by Las Cases, some readings that reveal the immanent duality of literature: a powerful tool for denouncement but also a dangerous vehicle of alienation. Jaime "feels" before "thinking", learns how to cultivate high but imaginary sentiments. So did one of his favorite heroes: Julien Sorel, from Le Rouge et le Noir.
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