Distant Relations

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Distant Relations begins in the elegant Automobile club de France as an elderly Count tells a story to the unnamed narrator. But the book does not remain here in the cafe, nor even in France. Instead, as the Count speaks, the story moves across time and space, from Latin America to Europe, from generation to generation. We hear of Hugo, a noted Mexican archeologist, and of his young son, Victor, who were once the Count's houseguests. He tells of their time in France, of their complicated pasts and their uncertain...

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Overview

Distant Relations begins in the elegant Automobile club de France as an elderly Count tells a story to the unnamed narrator. But the book does not remain here in the cafe, nor even in France. Instead, as the Count speaks, the story moves across time and space, from Latin America to Europe, from generation to generation. We hear of Hugo, a noted Mexican archeologist, and of his young son, Victor, who were once the Count's houseguests. He tells of their time in France, of their complicated pasts and their uncertain relationships. This is a story of lost memory and failed promises, one about the past's unbending influence on the present. Distant Relations is an ambitious novel whose tale of confused familial relations explodes into one about the conflict between the Old World and the New.

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Explores an array of themes, including the nature of inheritance and heredity, the relationship between the Old World and the New, and the intermingling of European reserve and Latin American delirium.

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Editorial Reviews

Guy Davenport
In ''Distant Relations,'' a novel in which two boys fuse into one and a man disintegrates in a shower of dead leaves, these tensions operate in a cat's cradle of a plot, crisscrossing each other to make a puzzle worthy of Poe or Borges.... What matters is Fuentes's superb art as a spinner of mysteries and a concocter of startling surprises. -- New York Times
Library Journal
Released in Spanish in 1982 and in English two years later, Fuentes's novel finds an elderly man relating his life story to a younger companion. Reviewers asserted that the book was really the story of how the past encroaches on the present and shapes the future. More for the literary set. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564783455
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Series: Lannan Selection Series
  • Pages: 225
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

The author of more than a dozen novels and story collections, Carlos Fuentes (1928—2012) was Mexico's most celebrated novelist and critic. He received numerous honors and awards throughout his lifetime, including the Miguel de Cervantes Prize and the Belisario Domínguez Medal of Honor. Among his books are Terra Nostra, Vlad, Adam in Eden, and Distant Relations, all of which are available from Dalkey Archive Press.

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