Cuentos sobrenaturales. Aura y otros cuentos

Cuentos sobrenaturales. Aura y otros cuentos

by Carlos Fuentes

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A novelist, short story writer, playwright, critic, and diplomat, Fuentes (b. 1928) has won an international literary reputation for his experimental work and is considered a principal champion of Mexican literature. (The son of Mexican parents, Fuentes was born in Panama City, Panama, and has lived all around the world.) La muerte de Artemio Cruz [Cátedra (Letras Hispánicas), 2004; The Death of Artemio Cruz , Farrar, 1991)] established him as a major international novelist, and in 1987 he won the Cervantes Prize, the most prestigious Spanish-language literary award. This latest book is a collection of short stories, previously published in journals or collections dating from 1954 to 2006, showcasing the author’s trajectory as an author of short fiction whose imagination goes beyond the earthly realm. In most of the stories, the protagonist is a solitary man between 25 and 40: only one has a serious relationship [“Letanía de la orquídea” (“Litany of the Orchid”)], although the reader never meets the lover; another gets into a relationship with a woman who ends up being a ghost (“Aura”). Evident throughout these works is a search for the real Mexican identity hidden somewhere among legends, myths, and reality. However, Fuentes extends his writing to cover social problems as well, such as deformity, and metaphysical questions (e.g., “What came first, the name or the thing?”). Probably one of the best stories here, “El robot sacramentado” (“The Transubstantiated Robot”) is not only a fantastic story that poses metaphysical questions but also a comic vision of what humans can do, think, and pass on even to artificial intelligence. Adam and Evetire of signing autographs in Heaven just because they are the “Forefathers” of humanity and decide to quit and run away. Meanwhile, the robots in a starship that gets very close to Heaven are no longer satisfied with having just a serial number and ask God for a name instead; He agrees (thus creating a new race) with the condition that they first find Adam and Eve. Densely written yet eloquent, the stories are very entertaining, with language that ranges from regional Spanish to multiple foreign phrases in the same story. This book is recommended for public and academic libraries.—Ruth Sánchez Imizcoz, Univ. of the South, Sewanee, TN

—Ruth Sanchez Imizcoz

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