Aura [NOOK Book]

Overview


This eBook edition includes only the English translation by Lysander Kemp.  The Spanish text is not included.

Felipe Montero is employed in the house of an aged widow to edit her deceased husband's memoirs. There Felipe meets her beautiful green-eyed niece, Aura. His passion for Aura and his gradual discovery of the true relationship between the young woman and her aunt propel the story to its extraordinary conclusion.

 

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Overview


This eBook edition includes only the English translation by Lysander Kemp.  The Spanish text is not included.

Felipe Montero is employed in the house of an aged widow to edit her deceased husband's memoirs. There Felipe meets her beautiful green-eyed niece, Aura. His passion for Aura and his gradual discovery of the true relationship between the young woman and her aunt propel the story to its extraordinary conclusion.

 

"...a total experience, a beautiful horror story, a horrifying story of beauty, a combination of Poe, Baudelaire, and Isak Dinesen..."-Newsweek

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Editorial Reviews

Criticas
First published in 1962 by Ediciones Era, this innovative novella confirmed Fuentes's skill as one of Mexico's principal "boom" narrators. He has received numerous literary honors, including the prestigious Cervantes (1987) and Principe de Asturias (1994) awards. Forty years after its first publication and after several successful works like La muerte de Artemio Cruz (The Death of Artemio Cruz, Punto de Lectura, 2001) and, most recently, En esto creo (I Believe in This, see pg. 56), Aura continues to be reprinted and translated. In this complex short story, Fuentes challenges the general notion of time through an innovative narrative technique that uses second-person narration in the present and future tenses, removing the boundaries between present, past, and future. Young historian Felipe Montero accepts a live-in position editing the memoirs of General Llorente, whose elderly widow, Consuelo, wants to publish before her death. Intoxicated by the airless atmosphere of the house, Felipe dreams of having sex and escaping with Consuelo's young beautiful niece, Aura. But as he reads the General's writings about Consuelo's infertility, her fantasy of having a child, and her obsession with youth, he discovers that Aura is actually a projection of the 109-year-old widow. One day, while he embraces her, Aura transforms into the decrepit woman. Felipe is immediately ensnared by his own desire and actions into the role of the General, coupled with Consuelo to give birth to "Aura," the epitome of youth and the illusion of life. With intense prose, Fuentes masterfully recreates the suffocating and dreamlike atmosphere of the house and mixes the fantastic and the tangible, keeping readers curious asthey attempt to distinguish between the two. Worthy of its 42 printings by Era, this Mexican classic is recommended for academic libraries and bookstores. Carmen Ospina, "Criticas" Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466840041
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 5/14/2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Bilingual Edition, In Spanish and English
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 223,992
  • File size: 127 KB

Meet the Author


Carlos Fuentes (1928-2012) was one of the most influential and celebrated voices in Latin American literature. He was the author of 24 novels, including The Death of Artemio Cruz, The Old Gringo and Terra Nostra, and also wrote numerous plays, short stories, and essays. He received the 1987 Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's highest literary honor.

Fuentes was born in Panama City, the son of Mexican parents, and moved to Mexico as a teenager. He served as an ambassador to England and France, and taught at universities including Harvard, Princeton, Brown and Columbia. He died in Mexico City in 2012.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2003

    not your average novella

    This type of novella was amazing and easy to follow if you are already familiar with fuentes' work. If not it was set in a type of dream sequence where Felipe, the young man 'writing memoirs' for consuelos late husband, was in for the majority of the book. It seems as if Felipe understood that everything about that house and its inhabitants was strange, but a type of force allowed him to look over all the oddness. The force could have been a love for Aura, with all her beauty, wanting to free her from her old aunt, who he felt was holding her back. Both women had a hold on felipe, little did he know that the two were one. What so strange in that felipe comes to terms with this odd detail of them being one, and still wants to love aura forever. This book was well written with plently of detail to keep the reader interested and understanding when the plot becomes difficult. Sometimes the reader is perplexed, to follow with a complete understanding of the book, maybe it's Fuentes' way of having us, the reader, like his main character in a dream state.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2014

    Scott

    *Looks at the person, scared and in pain. He looks down at himself in the diaper.*

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    Posted April 18, 2014

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    Deposits Scott at 'erin hunter' first result.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2006

    This Book sucked

    Lets face it, this book sucked. It really wasn't interesting or scary. I want the time I spent reading it back, because even if I just sat still for however long it took me to read it, my time would have been better spent than reading this book. Seriously if you thinking of reading this book, I have one simple advice for you... DONT!

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