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Distant Relations

Fuentes, Carlos

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ISBN 10: 0374518130 / ISBN 13: 9780374518134
Published by trans. by Margaret Sayers Peden., Farrar Straus Giroux,1982, c1982,, 1982
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1st (American) Edition (uncorrected proofs), 2 staples in cover o/w vg, 225 pps, 8vo, 'My friend's pallor was not unusual. With the passing of years his skin had become. Bookseller Inventory # 16498

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Title: Distant Relations

Publisher: trans. by Margaret Sayers Peden., Farrar Straus Giroux,1982, c1982,

Publication Date: 1982

Binding: Soft cover

Edition: 1st Edition

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Translated by Margaret Sayers Peden

During a long, lingering lunch at the Automobile Club de France, the elderly Comte de Branly tells a story to a friend, unnamed until the closing pages, who is in fact the first-person narrator of the novel. Branly's story is of a family named Heredia: Hugo, a noted Mexican archaeologist, and his young son, Victor, whom Branly met in Cuernavaca and who became his house guest in Paris. There they are gradually drawn into a mysterious connection with the French Victor Heredia and his son, known as Andre. There is a hard-edged emphasis on the theme of relations between the Old World and the New, as Branly's twilit, Proustian existence is invaded and overcome by the hot, chaotic, and baroque proliferation of the Caribbean jungle.

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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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