The Buried Mirror: Reflections on Spain and the New World

4.02 avg rating
( 643 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780395924990: The Buried Mirror: Reflections on Spain and the New World
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

As the Los Angeles Times said: "Drawing expertly on five centuries of the cultural history of Europe and the Americas, Fuentes seeks to capture the spirit of the new, vibrant, and enduring civilization [in the New World] that began in Spain." Fuentes's singular success in this remarkable endeavor has made the book a classic in its field. (A Mariner Reissue).

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Carlos Fuentes is the author of more than a dozen novels, including Terra Nostra, The Old Gringo, The Crystal Frontier, and The Years with Laura Diaz, as well as numerous literary and political essays. He divides his time between Mexico City and London.

From Kirkus Reviews:

A companion volume to an upcoming Discovery/BBC TV series, this passionate meditation on Hispanic cultural identity from Fuentes (Constancia, 1990, etc.) unfolds with all the color, urgency, and perhaps inevitable superficiality of a popular documentary. Taking as his canvas no less than the entirety of Spanish and Spanish-American history, from the cave drawings at Altamira to the tortured political landscape of present-day Latin America, Fuentes builds his plea for Hispanic cultural continuity around a cluster of vigorously poetic images, largely concerned with the matter of ``inclusion.'' In the pre-Columbian age, for instance, Spain, Fuentes says, then quite literally ``the End of the World'' and marked by the successive influences of Iberian, Celtic, Roman, Visigothic, and Moorish traditions, found its unique identity through an often reluctant embrace of ``the Other.'' Transplanted to America, this rich blend expanded to encompass varied African and indigenous Indian accents. And yet today, fragmented and unstable, Latin America still lacks a ``necessary vision of cultural, economic, and political convergences.'' Although deeply personal and frequently stirring as polemic, the book offers no more than an outline as history, punctuated by proud intellectual trivia (Spain established Europe's earliest parliaments; Santo Domingo was home to the first university in the New World) and nicely formed, highly subjective musings on art and literature. More troubling is Fuentes's continual reliance on glib generalization and stereotype (e.g., that Mexican revolutionary leader Benito Ju rez ``was the very embodiment of Indian fatality, Roman legality, and Spanish stoicism''). Odd, too, is the simultaneously forward-looking and conservative exhortation--that Latin Americans must ``create [their] own models,'' yet that they must search for these within an ``authentically Iberian'' tradition--which seems as much a reflection of the central dilemma as a solution. Strictly an introduction to a complex subject, but, in its yearning and contradictions, an unusually revealing one. (Illustrations--160--not seen.) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 29.95
US$ 12.27

Convert Currency

Shipping: FREE
From Canada to U.S.A.

Destination, Rates & Speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Fuentes, Carlos
Published by Mariner Books
ISBN 10: 0395924995 ISBN 13: 9780395924990
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Best Bates
(Scarborough, ON, Canada)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Mariner Books. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0395924995. Seller Inventory # Z0395924995ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 12.27
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Fuentes, Carlos
Published by Mariner Books 1999-01-15 (1999)
ISBN 10: 0395924995 ISBN 13: 9780395924990
New Paperback First Edition Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Ebooksweb COM LLC
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Mariner Books 1999-01-15, 1999. Paperback. Condition: New. First Edition. 0395924995. Seller Inventory # Z0395924995ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 12.65
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Fuentes, Carlos
Published by Mariner Books
ISBN 10: 0395924995 ISBN 13: 9780395924990
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Booklot COM LLC
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Mariner Books. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0395924995. Seller Inventory # Z0395924995ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 12.92
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Fuentes, Carlos
Published by Mariner Books
ISBN 10: 0395924995 ISBN 13: 9780395924990
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
BookShop4U
(PHILADELPHIA, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Mariner Books. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0395924995. Seller Inventory # Z0395924995ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 13.96
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Fuentes, Carlos
Published by Mariner Books
ISBN 10: 0395924995 ISBN 13: 9780395924990
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Qwestbooks COM LLC
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Mariner Books. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0395924995. Seller Inventory # Z0395924995ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 14.16
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Fuentes, Carlos
Published by Mariner Books
ISBN 10: 0395924995 ISBN 13: 9780395924990
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Vital Products COM LLC
(Southampton, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Mariner Books. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0395924995. Seller Inventory # Z0395924995ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 14.16
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Fuentes, Carlos
Published by Mariner Books
ISBN 10: 0395924995 ISBN 13: 9780395924990
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Bookhouse COM LLC
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Mariner Books. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0395924995. Seller Inventory # Z0395924995ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 14.16
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Fuentes, Carlos
Published by Mariner Books
ISBN 10: 0395924995 ISBN 13: 9780395924990
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Mega Buzz
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Mariner Books. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0395924995. Seller Inventory # Z0395924995ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 12.73
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Carlos Fuentes
Published by Houghton Muffin Hartcourt Trade
ISBN 10: 0395924995 ISBN 13: 9780395924990
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Houghton Muffin Hartcourt Trade. Condition: New. Brand New. Seller Inventory # 0395924995

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.70
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.60
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Carlos Fuentes
Published by Mariner Books (1999)
ISBN 10: 0395924995 ISBN 13: 9780395924990
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Mariner Books, 1999. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0395924995

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.40
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book