Title: CONVERGENCES: ESSAYS ON ART AND LITERATURE -...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1987
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 303 pages. Published in 1987. Retrospective collection of essays on subjects. One of the greatest literary collections of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Octavio Paz's "Convergences" in a felicitous English translation. Like Jorge Luis Borges, Alejo Carpentier, and Carlos Fuentes, Octavio Paz is a Renaissance man-of-letters (in a way that say, Gabriel Garcia Marquez could never be) : Erudite, curious about a lot of things, passionate, and profoundly intelligent. After all, his masterpiece and most celebrated book is still "The Labyrinth of Solitude", the best book-length study on Mexico ever written by a modern writer. "Convergences" is the great poet's most wide-ranging and encyclopedic collection: "From the religious rites of the Aztecs to modern American painting, from Eastern art and religion to love and exoticism, from the chimeras of political ideology to the delights of aesthetic surprise" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Octavio Paz collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Octavio Paz. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a great book. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First American Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1990. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER OCTAVIO PAZ TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0151225850. Bookseller Inventory # 14300
Synopsis: These sixteen essays on art and literature cover a wide range of topics including American painting, the religious rites of the Aztecs, Marxism, linguistics and Picasso. He penetrates the meaning of modernism, gnosticism and the effect of Edith Piaf on pygmies. Also analyzed is American "cuisine", tantric Buddhism, the notion of nationhood, some haikus and manners good and bad. The author, as a poet, also considers his colleagues: Valery, Vasconcelos, Pound, Wallace, Stevens, Borges, Goethe, Sartre and Gide, amongst others. The work is presented here in translation from the author's original version. By the same author: "The Labyrinth of Solitude".
About the Author: 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.
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