Myself with Others: Selected Essays

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Macmillan, 1990 - History - 214 pages
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From the Back Cover: Few major novelists have had important careers as intellectuals as well, but in this as in so many other facets of his writing, Carlos Fuentes is remarkable. In Myself with Others, Fuentes has assembled essays reflecting three of the great elements of his work: autobiography, love of literature, and politics. They include his reflections on his beginnings as a writer, his controversial Harvard University commencement address, and-because Fuentes is, above all, a literary figure-his trenchant examinations of Cervantes, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Borges, with detours through the work of Diderot, Gogol, Kundera, and others. As always, Fuentes is concerned with the interplay of cultures, and he illuminates the complex relationship between art, politics, and history as no one else can.

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The scope of Fuentes' essays is attractively broad—from two elegant pieces of writerly autobiography to long discursions on Gogol, Diderot, Cervantes, and Bunuel, to an admonitory Harvard ... Read full review

Myself with others: selected essays

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This is a feast of ideas on a wide variety of subjects that include Gogol, Kundera, and Diderot as well as the Hispanic authors one might expectCervantes, Borges, and Garcia Marquez among them ... Read full review


Started to Write
Wrote One of My Books
Cervantes or The Critique
Two Centuries of Diderot
Luis Bufiuel and the Cinema
Borges in Action
Gabriel Garcia Marquez and
A Harvard Commencement

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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 Aura, 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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