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Harcourt, 2003 - Fiction - 160 pages
10 Reviews
Two narratives twine through this superb novel: one introduces Gabriel Atlan-Ferrara, a fabled orchestral conductor, and his great passion, Inez Prada, a red-haired Mexican diva; the other is a mysterious telling of the first encounter in human history between a man and a woman. Berlioz's music for The Damnation of Faust brings Gabriel and Inez together, while the emerging love of neh-el and ah-nel--the original lovers--echoes the Faustian pact of love and death. Linking these narratives is a beautiful crystal seal that belongs to Atlan-Ferrara, its meaning an enigma that obsesses him. And like the light refracted through the seal, these stories begin in prehistory and spiral out into infinity.
In Inez, we find Carlos Fuentes at the height of his magical and realist powers. This profound and beautiful work confirms his standing as one of the world's pre-eminent novelist.

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User Review  - Mark - Goodreads

Started strong for me, but my interest flagged as an alternate storyline from pre-history, fable-like, was interspersed with the 20th century love story. One of my most literate and sophisticated friends absolutely loved it, so maybe you will too. Read full review

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User Review  - Megan Henrich - Goodreads

This book is wonderfully complex and delivers on everything that a reader comes to expect from magical realism, while, at the same time, executing it in a different way. Read full review

About the author (2003)

Carlos Fuentesis the author of more than a dozen novels as well as several works of nonfiction, and has received many awards. He divides his time between Mexico City and London.

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