Overview


My name is Ixca Cienfuegos.  I was born and I live in Mexico City.  Which is not so grave: in Mexico City there is never tragedy but only outrage.  Thus begins Carlos Fuentes's first novel, unfolding a panorama in which many people's lives depend on the fact that they live in today's Mexico City, where the air is clear and yet filled with the old gods and devils still struggling to overcome the new, where a long and bloody revolution is still being fought and paid for in flesh.  The...
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Where the Air Is Clear

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Overview


My name is Ixca Cienfuegos.  I was born and I live in Mexico City.  Which is not so grave: in Mexico City there is never tragedy but only outrage.  Thus begins Carlos Fuentes's first novel, unfolding a panorama in which many people's lives depend on the fact that they live in today's Mexico City, where the air is clear and yet filled with the old gods and devils still struggling to overcome the new, where a long and bloody revolution is still being fought and paid for in flesh.  The vividness of Fuentes's characters and the country that is theirs has made many critics claim this as his best novel.  It is unquestionably among the finest works of literature to be produced in the Western Hemisphere.

Exposing the social and psychological processes of Mexico, Fuentes shows the struggle between god and devil, ancient and modern, and the price a country must pay after revolution.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is the most ambitious and skillful novel to come out of Mexico in a long time, and, at all odds, the most 'modern.' It's the most readable too." -- The New York Times

Dalkey Archive Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466840164
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 5/14/2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 328,503
  • File size: 443 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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Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Part 1
My Name Is Ixca Cienfuegos 3
Gladys Garcia (1951) 5
Navel of the Moon 10
Gervasio Pola (1913) 52
The de Ovandos (1910-1951) 62
Federico Robles (1907-1951) 71
Norma Larragoiti (1920-1940) 90
Rodrigo Pola (1914-1932) 97
Part 2
The Old Man with a Yellow Mustache 121
City of Palaces 122
Ixca Cienfuegos Walked 138
Librado Ibarra (1923-1951) 139
At Ten Saturday Evening 145
Maceualli 146
A Big-Boned, Flabby-Skinned, Hunchbacked Man 173
Rosenda (1911-1935) 175
Add It Up 185
Mexico in Waters 187
From Federico Robles's Blue Office Windows 209
The Eagle Being Animate 210
A Man in a Northern Hat 223
Pimpinela de Ovando (1912-1951) 225
The Hatchet-Faced Catalan Woman 235
Though I May Prick My Finger 237
Father, Mother, Grandmother 245
Paradise in the Tropics 246
In the Hall of the District Courthouse 262
The Parting of Waters 263
"Look, mano, let's get away from here." 269
Hortensia Chacon (1918-1951) 270
To Climb the Prickly Pear Tree 278
Feliciano Sanchez (1938) 299
The Skull of Independence 303
Mercedes Zamacona (1914-1915) 321
The Eagle Fallen 336
Part 3
Betina Regules (1954) 345
Rodrigo Pola (1954) 352
Where the Air Is Clear 360
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