Instinto de Inez

Instinto de Inez

by Carlos Fuentes
     
 

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Love, like the opera, is beautiful, strange, unbridled, explosive and painful. Two stories, two couples, two eras, and two passions. One is embodied by Gabriel Atlan-Ferrara, Orchestra Director, and Inez Prada, eminent opera singer. The other alludes to the first encounter between a man and a woman in the history of mankind. These passions break all barriers, to… See more details below

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Love, like the opera, is beautiful, strange, unbridled, explosive and painful. Two stories, two couples, two eras, and two passions. One is embodied by Gabriel Atlan-Ferrara, Orchestra Director, and Inez Prada, eminent opera singer. The other alludes to the first encounter between a man and a woman in the history of mankind. These passions break all barriers, to unfold as a story that dates back to prehistory and continues in an endless spiral toward the future.

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In this slim new novel, Fuentes, Mexico's unofficial ambassador and author of the recent book Los cinco soles de Mexico: Memoria de un milenio (The Five Suns of Mexico: The Memory of a Millennium, see p.48.), takes an introspective turn away from politics to explore the philosophical mysteries of death and love. The romantic plot at the heart of the novel, which brings the arresting opera singer Inez Rosenzweig into the life of world-renowned conductor Gabriel Atlon-Ferrara, is nothing short of poetic in both language and scope. The real rewards of this work, however, come from Fuentes's labyrinthine reflections on the conductor's oblivious worldview in the face of destiny and death. He writes, "El muerto no sabe lo que es la muerte, pero los vivos tampocos" (The dead don't know what death is, but neither do the living). As Gabriel and Inez begin their romance under the falling bombs of the German Luftwaffe in wartime London, their walks on the beach and odd conversations allow Fuentes to express a haunting view of hell as both destination and an inevitable description of today's world. As he wanders through this inferno, Gabriel sees his reflection in unadorned mirrors. Fuentes's prose is more elegant than ever. With Instinto, he seems to be reverting to the mysterious thematics reminiscent of his classic novela Aura (Noonday, 1962) instead of pursuing the historic detail characteristic of recent works like Los anos con Laura Diaz (Alfaguara, 2001; The Years with Laura Diaz, Farrar, 2000). Highly recommended for all bookstores and public libraries. David Garza, Austin, TX Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9789705800061
Publisher:
Alfaguara
Publication date:
09/25/2012
Edition description:
Spanish-language Edition
Pages:
193
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.50(d)

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