A New Time for Mexico by Carlos Fuentes

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In the essays in A New Time for Mexico, Carlos Fuentes discusses the history, origins and nature of Mexico's political system and the unforeseen, tumultuous events that began in 1994 with the rebellion in Chiapas and continued with a rash of assassinations, the break between presidents Salinas and Zedillo, and continual traumas for a society making the transition from authoritarian to democratic politics.

 

About Carlos Fuentes

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The author of more than a dozen novels and story collections, Carlos Fuentes is Mexico's most celebrated novelist and critic. He has received numerous honors and awards throughout his lifetime, including the Miguel de Cervantes Prize and the Latin Literary Prize. Included among his books are Terra Nostra, Where the Air Is Clear, and Distant Relations. Alejandro Branger is a writer and filmmaker. He lives in New York City. Ethan Shaskan Bumas wrote the story collection The Price of Tea in China, which was a finalist for PEN America West Fiction Book of the Year. He teaches at New Jersey City University.
 
Published May 14, 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 226 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Desultory essays, mostly uninspired, on Mexico, following closely behind the noted author's execrable roman it clef Diana (1995).

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He paints a composite portrait of a dynamic culture through sophisticated meditations on Hernand Cortes's Machiavellian character, Spain's self-mutilating expulsion of its Jews, the pillage of Indian society, Goya and the Enlightenment, Bolivar's quest for self-rule, modern painting, and the Hisp...

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Adding a new preface, the leading Mexican novelist (The Old Gringo) reflects on the revolution in Chiapas and the country's fractious presidential politics, among other events shaping its future.

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In his book A New Time for Mexico, Carlos Fuentes tries to make sense of this new era in Mexican politics and provides an agenda of what Mexico must do if it is to evolve into a prosperous, democratic, and just society.

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