Where the Air Is Clear

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Where the Air Is Clear, Carlos Fuentes's first novel, is an unsparing portrayal of Mexico City's upper class. Departing from a traditional linear narrative, Fuentes overlays Mexican myths onto contemporary settings, showing that even the rich and powerful must succumb to the indomitable spirit of Mexico, which undermines all institutions and shapes all destinies. First published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 1988, Dalkey Archive Press in ...

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Overview

Where the Air Is Clear, Carlos Fuentes's first novel, is an unsparing portrayal of Mexico City's upper class. Departing from a traditional linear narrative, Fuentes overlays Mexican myths onto contemporary settings, showing that even the rich and powerful must succumb to the indomitable spirit of Mexico, which undermines all institutions and shapes all destinies. First published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 1988, Dalkey Archive Press in 2004, now available again.

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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." -- New York Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564783448
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication date: 12/23/2014
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,472,874
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.10 (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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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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