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The Eagle's Throneby Carlos Fuentes
Here is a true literary event–the long-awaited new novel by Carlos Fuentes, one of the world’s great writers. By turns a tragedy and a farce, an acidic black comedy and an indictment of modern politics, The Eagle’s Throne is a seriously entertaining and perceptive story of international intrigue, sexual deception, naked ambition, and treacherous betrayal.
In the near future, at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council, Mexico’s idealistic president has dared to vote against the U.S. occupation of Colombia and Washington’s refusal to pay OPEC prices for oil. Retaliation is swift. Concocting a “glitch” in a Florida satellite, America’s president cuts Mexico’s communications systems–no phones, faxes, or e-mails–and plunges the country into an administrative nightmare of colossal proportions.
Now, despite the motto that “a Mexican politician never puts anything in writing,” people have no choice but to communicate through letters, which Fuentes crafts with a keen understanding of man’s motives and desires. As the blizzard of activity grows more and more complex, political adversaries come out to prey. The ineffectual president, his scheming cabinet secretary, a thuggish and ruthless police chief, and an unscrupulous, sensual kingmaker are just a few of the fascinating characters maneuvering and jockeying for position to achieve the power they all so desperately crave.
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Meet the Author
Carlos Fuentes is the author of more than twenty books, including This I Believe, The Death of Artemio Cruz, and The Old Gringo. He served as Mexico’s ambassador to France from 1975 to 1977. He has received many awards and honors, including the Rómulo Gallegos Prize, the National Prize in Literature (Mexico’s highest literary award), the Cervantes Prize, and the inaugural Latin Civilization Award. He has also been the recipient of France’s Legion of Honor medal, Italy’s Grinzane Cavour Award, Spain’s Prince of Asturias Award, and Brazil’s Order of the Southern Cross. His work has appeared in The Nation, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, and The Washington Post Book World. He currently divides his time between Mexico City and London.
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A rather extraordinary work by a brilliant author. In this complex work of political and social philosophy we are presented with a story in which the Mexican President has disturbed the United States economically resulting in the cessation of all television and radio service in Mexico. Government and legislative officals communicate through written letters and each chapter represents the unfolding of the plot in which characters plan and execute courses of action designed to further their political or social agendas. The characters created are gems of complexity usually perverse or downright despicable. The story unwinds in this manner with internal conversations and justifications occurring within these "letters". In some cases the chapters represent tapes being transmittted to allies or enemies. Keeping track of who is who and who is honest or dishonest and even who is really the person speaking, this is all part of the fun and interest generated by Mr. Fuentes. Sometimes the conversations are confusing and the philosophy difficult to comprehend, but in the end the basic humanity of the final political climax as exposed to the reader reaffirms that a good and honest life should be the one attempted. That does not alter the fact that individuals will continue to behave in ways that deny their humanity and bring hurt to others.