"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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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.
Padilla was born in Mexico City, and is the author of several award-winning novels and short-story collections.
"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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Book Description U.S.A.: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1988. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. New softcover. Early Fuentes novel. Bookseller Inventory # 00481
Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1988. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0374509190
Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1988. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110374509190
Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1988. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0374509190