The Double Flame: Love and Eroticism

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Harcourt Brace, 1996 - Literary Collections - 276 pages
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"In The Double Flame, Nobel Laureate Octavio Paz explores the intimate connection between sex, eroticism, and love - themes that have been a constant in his writing, from his first published poems to the great works of his maturity. Beginning with Plato's Symposium, he gives a short history of love and eroticism in literature throughout the ages: from the influence of the great cities Alexandria and Rome on the development of love poetry, to courtly love in Heian Japan and twelfth-century France, to love in modern novels such as Madame Bovary and Ulysses. Rich in scope, The Double Flame examines everything from taboo to repression, Carnival to Lent, Sade to Freud, Original Sin to artificial intelligence."--BOOK JACKET.

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User Review  - Flavio Reyna - Goodreads

Octavio Paz was an amazing writer. He found a way to describe these unexplainable concepts in a particular set of words that make sense. Truly remarkable book to try to understand what love is and what it is not. Read full review

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Among the best titles we've read in August this work by Octavio Paz first published in Spanish in the 90s: The Double Flame ("La llama doble"). Available in Goodreads. Octavio Paz is one of the few ... Read full review

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Octavio Paz was born in 1914 and died in 1998. The author of eighteen books, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1990.

Helen Lane was the preeminent translator of French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian fiction. Among the long list of authors shetranslated are Augusto Roa Bastos, Jorge Amado, Luisa Valenzuela, MarioVargas Llosa, Marguerite Duras, Nelinda Pinon, and Curzio Malaparte.

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