Mogador: The Names of the Air

Mogador: The Names of the Air

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Mogador: The Names of the Air by Alberto Ruy Sanchez, Alberto Ruy Snchez

Villaurrutia Prize for Best Mexican Novel

Set in an imaginary walled city off the coast of Morocco, Mogador traces the days and nights of Fatma, a young woman who finds herself suddenly seized by desire. As she wanders the city's maze of erotic pleasures, she encounters other desiring bodies and the desperate worlds those desires create. Here is a vital fusion of Latin America magical realism with Arabic geometric and mystical imagery, written in a style the author calls a "prose of intensities."

"This extremely talented Mexican writer...assumes is own Islamic roots in one of the best-written novels of recent years. He is truly a painter of dreams, who manages to fuse the most unblemished sensuality with the most transparent spirituality." —Luce Lopez Baralt

"Memorable novella about being both untouched and seized—all described in prose that mixes dreamy arabesque with crystalline precision." — Kirkus Review

"Ruy Sanchez balances a double paradox: his novella about female desire, written by a man, criticizes Islamic and Latin-American concepts of male dominance. It's a dazzling philosophical conundrum — a Sphinx-like riddle that only a king or a poet could solve. In any event, the pervasive desire in Mogador is particularized: it's the calling out of one body to another, one spirit to another, one soul to another. . . . This infatuating novella is not about eroticism; it's about love." —William Hollinger, Boston Review

Alberto Ruy Sanchez has written many works of fiction as well as literary and art criticism. He was an editor of Octavo Paz's Vuelta and is now editor and chief of Artes de Mexico.

Mark Schafer has translated works by Virgilio Piniera and, with Cedric Belfrage, and The Book of Embraces by Eduardo Galeano.



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780872862715
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publication date: 01/01/2001
Pages: 124
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Alberto Ruy-Sánchez Lacy is a Mexican Writer and Editor born in Mexico City on 7 December 1951. He is author of Fiction, Non-Fiction and Poetry. Since 1988 he has been the Chief Editor and founding Publisher of Latin America's leading Arts Magazine: Artes de Mexico. He has been Visiting Professor to several universities, including Stanford, Middlebury and La Sorbonne, and is invited to give lectures in Europe, Africa, Asia and all the American Continent. His work has been praised by Octavio Paz, Juan Rulfo, Severo Sarduy, Alberto Manguel, Claude Michel Cluny and awarded by several international institutions .

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